All day Thursday, as word spread that Manigault would be on the panel, attendees expressed private dismay that she had been invited to participate with the relatives of Castile and Sterling, even after Trump’s comments about police treatment of suspects. Sarah Glover, the president of NABJ, wrote an open letter personally inviting the president, but it’s unclear if the White House had ever given an official response about the president’s attendance.
April Ryan, a White House reporter who has at times been the target of attacks from Manigault and who has accused her of trying to ruin her career (the pair used to be friends), is being honored as the organization’s journalist of the year. Ryan declined to comment when asked about Manigault’s appearance at the conference.
Another prominent black journalist told a reporter that it was unclear why the organization had made the decision at the last minute to invite her. “It’s kind of just, like, what’s the point?”
The tension did not dissipate by the time Manigault walked off the stage before the panel was complete. Gordon expressed his frustration with NABJ leadership’s decision to invite her to the conference.
“I’ll see y’all at the White House Christmas party in December,” Gordon said, raising his fist after Manigault walked out.
Trump Aide Omarosa Manigault Gets Fiery Reception At Conference For Black Journalists – BuzzFeed News