Following a chaotic and disastrous press conference last Wednesday, President Donald Trump lashed out at reporters for doing their jobs and asking tough questions.
One of those reporters tested was American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan. In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Ryan recalled the multiple instances Trump has attacked Black women.
Trump told Ryan last week during the combative presser to sit down before answering her question. Then, he piled on later in the week, calling her "stupid" and making unproven claims about her skills as a reporter.
“I mean, you talk about somebody that’s a loser," the president said. "She doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise — she gets a contract with, I think, CNN."
The president has a history of attacking Black women. Sports journalist Jemele Hill, Rep. Maxine Waters, reporters Yamiche Alcindor and Abby Phillip are just a handful of women he humiliated online and hurled insults at rallies.
Ryan's essay shows that he sees Black women and men as illegitimate in majority white spaces. "If he didn’t, he’d either answer our questions or simply ignore them, not berate us," she wrote.
Critics have called Trump's insults dog whistles to his base, who have skewed to the far-right.
"The journalists covering Trump’s presidency are professionals, and I’m confident that all of us, including the African American women covering this White House, will continue to do our jobs no matter how we’re treated by President Trump," she wrote.
"But we shouldn’t have to put up with the kind of treatment we received this week: Not only has the president given cover to people who want to harass us, but he’s left the American people with a twisted understanding of how press freedoms work."
His attacks have targeted Hispanic, Muslim and other immigrants, trans Americans, Black Americans, CNN reporter Jim Acosta, Lakers star LeBron James and countless others. It appears this is only the beginning.
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