PARIS – President Trump's verbal attacks on black journalists, candidates and legislators have again criticized the president for using insults based on racist ideologies to give his African-American targets an unintelligent, unreliable and Reserve.
In recent days, including before leaving Washington for an Armistice ceremony this weekend, Trump has launched personal attacks against a trio of women black journalists. He accused one of having asked "a lot of stupid questions". He asked another "sit down" at a press conference and later went on to call her a "loser". He greeted a third for asking, in his opinion, a "racist question."
Trump recently called Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum (D), governor candidate in Florida, "thief," and said that Stacey Abrams, former minority leader of Georgia's State House and Democratic candidate for governor, was "unqualified". "For the job." One of the features of his election campaign before Tuesday's election was to make fun of Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), A black lawmaker who was very critical of him, calling him a "weak person". IQ ".
Trump supporters say he is fighting all opponents with the same enthusiasm. He has been chasing journalists into an escalation of the media war since his bloody mid-term election, including the cancellation of CNN's White House password to Jim Acosta.
But the president's rhetoric of prominent African Americans is far more shocking.
"His followers are right, he attacks everyone. That's absolutely true, "said Adia Harvey Wingfield, professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, who writes frequently about race and gender. "But there is also a clear similarity in the attacks he attacks against people of color and black professionals. These are straight out of the historical reading books about black workers and professionals in particular – not being skilled, not being smart or having what it takes to succeed in a predominantly white environment. "
The latest example came on Friday when the president stopped on the South Lawn of the White House on his way to Marine One to answer questions from the assembled media. He was asked several questions about the role of Matthew G. Whitaker, whom he appointed acting Attorney General on Wednesday, as well as on several other topics.
But when CNN correspondent Abby Phillip asked if Trump wanted Whitaker to stop the ongoing investigation by his special advocate in Russia, he cracked.
"What a stupid question," Trump replied to Phillip, who is black. "What a stupid question," he repeated, pointing his finger at her. "But I look at you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions. "
The attack provoked a wave of support from fellow journalists, Democrats and others, in favor of Phillip, who previously covered the White House for the Washington Post. Many congratulated her for asking the most important and relevant question of the day.
But Trump's supporters rejoiced at this exchange, presenting it as an example showing that Trump was showing his executioners who is the boss.
"If you're asking stupid questions, get ready for @realDonaldTrump to call you. #MAGA, "Harlan Z. Hill, Republican agent and commentator, wrote on Twitter to its 171,000 subscribers, by connecting to a video clip of the exchange. The tweet had accumulated more than 1,800 retweets and 5,000 "I like" in a few hours.
CNN's communications department defended Phillip, saying "she asked the most relevant question of the day. @ RealDonaldTrump's personal insults are not new. And never surprising. "
Several White House officials have not responded to a request for comment for this report.
Trump has assembled a list of largely white senior advisers. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson is the only African-American to serve in the Cabinet and senior White House officials.
Since taking office, the president has repeatedly questioned the intelligence of black personalities. Perhaps the most vicious are his persistent attacks against Waters, referred to as "low IQ," calling him the de facto leader of the Democratic Party.
But Trump similarly described Don Lemon of CNN as "the most stupid man on television." After Lemon's interview, basketball star LeBron James said in a tweet that TV presenter, Black, "gave Lebron a smart air, which is not easy. " James had criticized Trump, calling him a "moron" after the NBA president revoked an invitation for the NBA champion, Golden State Warriors, to go to the White House when the team would not not attend.
Trump also qualified the Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) Of "Wacky" and disparaged her former collaborator, Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her a "dog" after she wrote a book that accused her of being "bad". to have used racist language.
"There is a trend," said April Ryan, who has been covering the White House for US urban radio networks since President Bill Clinton's second term and is now also a CNN policy analyst.
During a Trump official press conference at the White House on Wednesday, Trump asked Ryan to "sit down" after repeatedly trying to ask him a question about the alleged crackdown on voters' votes. voters at mid-term. Trump suffered so much that he again evoked the incident on Friday during his impromptu performance on South Lawn, calling her "loser" in a disjointed response to a question regarding Acosta.
In an interview, Ryan, who is black, noted that Trump often salutes his achievements for African Americans, citing historically low unemployment rates at his rallies.
But "there are many moments of shock that make you turn your head and say" Wow! »», She said. "Blacks have already taken this route. . . insulting statement, derogatory statement against members of this community who are held in high esteem and hold positions to help. This does not go unnoticed. "
Last year, Jemele Hill, a well-known black sports journalist, called Trump "white supremacist" on Twitter, prompting White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to talk about "An offense punishable by law". Her employer had warned her at the time, ESPN, and she called the remark inappropriate. She has since left ESPN.
More recently, Michael Cohen, who served as Trump's personal attorney for years before breaking off after Cohen's indictment, said he had previously heard him use racist language. Asked about allegations at the White House on Wednesday, Trump categorically denied him. "I would never do that and I do not use racist language," he said.
Trump sought to protect himself from race criticism by inviting prominent black personalities, such as influential Christian pastors, to the White House to discuss issues such as criminal justice reform. A few weeks ago, he met Kanye West, a vocal supporter of Trump, in the Oval Office, although West later sought to stand out from the White House.
At Wednesday's press conference, Trump tried to reverse the situation after Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour correspondent at the White House and Black, asked him if he had encouraged his white nationalists in campaign with his speech.
"I do not know why you say that. It's such a racist question, "said Trump, saying he enjoyed the best ratings of his presidency among African Americans. It seems to be based on two dubious polls from conservative outlets, the findings of which contradict other polls. Trump has twice again called the question of Alcindor "racist".
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) On Friday called Alcindor, Ryan and Phillip, three of the best White House reporters, and in a tweet, said that "by rejecting them or asking their questions for dumb, racist or dumb "@realDonaldTrump and his #dogwhistle racism that he does about these beautiful women. "
Eddie Glaude Jr., chairman of the Princeton University's Department of African-American Studies, said that Trump's language was not a dog whistle, because "it does not look like a dog. is not subtle ". He compared Trump's attacks on the intelligence of black personalities at the "Bell Curve". A widely criticized 1994 book that linked intelligence to race.
"He does it again and again," said Glaude. "It is important for us not to reduce it to the simple fact that Trump is merely transactional and to understand this as a central element of his identity."