During his campaign, President Trump did a horrible job of appealing to black voters. When he wasn’t refusing to appear at the NAACP’s annual convention, he was busy telling black Americans that they had nothing to lose by voting for him because they were all “living in poverty” with no jobs and schools that are “no good.”
Trump also didn’t win many friends in the black community when he appointed former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault as his director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison.
Manigault has offended many people with her outspoken support for Trump, especially since it has often come at the expense of people like American Urban Radio Networks bureau chief April Ryan.
Ryan recently said that Manigault told former press secretary Sean Spicer not to call on her during press briefings. Ryan also said Manigault has been trolling her on Twitter and trying to “kill [her] career.”
With all this drama in mind, it’s no wonder people were not pleased when Manigault was scheduled at the last minute to appear on Friday at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans.
The addition of Manigault caused others who were scheduled to participate in the panel, including New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New Yorker‘s Jelani Cobb, to pull out altogether.
Cobb told Page Six that it wasn’t necessarily Manigault’s presence that led her to drop out, but the way in which she was added.
‘It wasn’t simply the addition of Omarosa. It was that she was added at the eleventh hour and it was unclear whether we would be able to discuss substantive issues regarding the administration and its policing policies. Also, the panel was very disorganized, and basic things like format were not clear.’
An unnamed source also told Page Six that the majority of conference attendees did not want Manigault there.
‘The majority there don’t want her involved. It’s heavy drama — even the moderator is refusing. Everyone sees it as extremely offensive.’
CNN commentator Keith Boykin also spoke out against Manigault’s presence at the convention, saying that she “had no business” being there.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 11, 2017
A number of people responded to Boykin’s tweet and made it clear that they agreed with him about Manigault only being there to cause drama.
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