"I sit at a table where I am not only the only African-American woman, but the only African-American at all", she said, pushing back at questions about how much she was doing for the community. "Walking into a room where you get shut down does not open a line of communication so change can happen".
The conversation quickly escalated into a tense exchange before Manigault-Newman, a former "Apprentice" contestant, left the stage.
Keeping up with her reputation for awkward encounters, Manigault-Newman apparently uttered "Google me", when taken to task on her actual position in the administration.
Gordon, who had shared a tweet prior to the meeting about his career being "built on controversial interviews", the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, went toe-to-toe with the 43-year-old by saying "I'll ask the questions in my way".
Then things escalated when Gordon tried pressing her with criticisms of President Trump and she accused him of "disrespecting" her family and not allowing her to tell her story. When Gordon, according to news reports, requested that he be able to finish his question, Manigault-Newman said, "I don't want to hear your question".
"You immediately go to Donald Trump!". "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu".
Omarosa had previously taken issue with the negative attention around her NABJ appearance, and said that she was on the panel to discuss loved ones she had lost to violence. Several people in the audience, which included non-journalists, turned their backs in protest during the discussion.
Gordon later suggested that there was a debate among the panel organizers about whether Manigault-Newman would be asked about the Trump administration during the event.
On Friday, when Manigault was asked in the panel about her thoughts on Trump's remarks on police brutality, she simply replied, "No".
"We have reached the point of diminished returns", Gordon, the moderator said to the audience. She also reportedly slammed the audience for always assuming the worst about Trump.
He ended the event by joking, "I'll see y'all at the White House Christmas party in December".