American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan has a new op-ed in the Washington Post calling out President Donald Trump for his continued attacks on the press.
Specifically, for the way he insulted not just her, but PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor and CNN’s Abby Phillip.
To recap: Trump scolded Ryan and told her to sit down when she called out a question at Wednesday’s wild and fiery press conference. When Alcindor asked about concerns that his “nationalist” talk is emboldening white nationalists, Trump called it “such a racist question.” Yesterday when Phillip asked Trump if he wants Matt Whitaker to rein in Robert Mueller, he called it a “stupid question.” Trump also went on a tangent yesterday calling Ryan a loser.
As Ryan writes, there’s a pretty clear common denominator: “Though there’s hardly anyone — from his predecessors to senators in his own party — he won’t try to shout down with ad hominem insults, Trump relishes, and injects venom into, verbal attacks against women of color.”
She listed other examples from Maxine Waters to Jemele Hill, arguing there’s an unavoidable pattern:
Correspondents don’t go to the White House every day to make friends. We do our jobs courteously, but also thoroughly and assertively, to get answers for our viewers, listeners and readers about the statements and actions that affect all Americans’ lives. Sometimes that means having a quiet sidebar with a member of the White House communications staff. Sometimes that means meeting with first son-in-law and presidential adviser Jared Kushner to discuss the administration’s approach to criminal justice reform. Sometimes that means shouting a question at the president as he crosses the White House lawn on the way to boarding Marine One. You can tell, though, by the way Trump has responded in recent days to more than one black woman journalist that he sees our presence there as illegitimate. If he didn’t, he’d either answer our questions or simply ignore them, not berate us.
But when Trump denigrates black women, he’s sending the message that he doesn’t see us equally.
You can read the full op-ed here.
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