Omarosa Manigault-Newman became a hostile witness for President Donald Trump's approach to the African American community Friday during questioning at raucous session at the National Association of Black Journalists convention.
Manigault appeared on a panel discussion focused on police shootings and brutality issues, and her last-minute inclusion caused controversy even before she entered the room.
"I'll see y'all at the White House Christmas party in December", Gordon said, raising his fist after Manigault walked out. And then you ask about my family, then you immediately go to Donald Trump.
"Are you suggesting that I just walk away?" Both women's relatives were shot and killed by police officers a year ago in shootings that sparked mass protests around the country and were cited as motivation by perpetrators of later ambush-style killings of police officers.
While Manigault-Newman admitted Trump's remarks were not appropriate, she also took civil rights activists to task for refusing to meet with the president. You heard what I heard. "But you said that's OK", Castile said, referring to those who believed the officer should not be criminally convicted.
The panel is "about how we can further the conversation about the issues happening and surrounding black men, " Glover said.
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One panel attendee who spoke to TheWrap on Friday described the scene as "a total mess". But only seconds before the panel started, those plans were changed and panelists were told that Manigault wanted to join them onstage.
Gordon told the audience that Omarosa "has requested to not be alone on the stage".
It was at this point that Gordon moved closer to Omarosa from the podium as she sat in a chair.
The NABJ has long invited members of the White House administration to participate in its conference, the group said in an earlier statement to TheWrap, however given the current climate, Omarosa -who now serves as Director of Communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison - was a particularly polarizing choice. "We need to stop the violence", she said at another point.
She added, "Most people don't know my background".
Ultimately, the panel turned into a very tense argument between Gordon and Omarosa, with the latter stating that she came to the event to speak about the murders of her father and brother, but was instead greeted by questions related to Donald Trump.