Friday, 18 Jan 2019

"What a stupid question": Trump belittles three black women reporters in three days

President Trump did not hide his contempt for journalists, whom he calls "false news" and "Enemy of the American people. He also had unpleasant things to say about women and people who are Afro-American.

This week, he hit a trio, distinguishing three African American women journalists. The women – Abby Phillip, April Ryan and Yamiche Alcindor – deserved his contempt apparently just to question him.

Trump called one of Phillip's questions "stupid", describing Ryan as "a loser" and dismissing Alcindor, saying his question was "racist".

Phillip, a CNN journalist and former Washington Post reporter, angered Trump on Friday after asking if he hoped Matthew G. Whitaker, appointed by Trump's acting Attorney General, would "hinder" the prosecutor's search. Robert S. Mueller III on his investigation. presidential campaign.

"What a stupid question. What a stupid question, "said Trump. He did not answer the so-called "stupid" question, but he added more contempt to Phillip. "I look at you a lot," he said. "You ask a lot of stupid questions."

He suggested considering using press references from other journalists to cover the White House, as he did Wednesday with CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Ryan was one of those he raised in this context.

April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, this year. (Kristoffer Tripplaar / For the Washington Post)

"You talk about someone who is a loser," Trump said about Ryan, a journalist with American Urban Radio Networks and a contributor to CNN. "She does not know what she's doing. She gets advertising, then a salary increase or a contract with, I think, CNN. But she is very mean and she should not be. You must treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect. "

Trump's "loser" comment came two days after he warned Ryan at a press conference at the White House.

"Sit down, I did not call you," Trump ordered after Ryan tried to ask him questions about an alleged election crackdown in the mid-term elections. "Such a hostile media, so sad," added Trump as Ryan pressed him. "You interrupted him abruptly," Trump told him, referring to another journalist.

Moments later, Alcindor asked Trump to call himself a "nationalist" and wonder if this label "embellished the white nationalists".

Trump interrupted and replied"I do not know why you say that, it's such a racist question." He repeated this characterization – "racist" – twice more.

Trump has decried many people, so his responses to Phillip, Ryan and Alcindor may simply reflect a disregard for equal opportunities. But the three most recent examples belong to the categories of people – journalists, women, African-Americans – to whom Trump has reserved a particular meanness. Afro-American figures include Democratic representatives Maxine Waters of California and Frederica S. Wilson of Florida.

"He is not able to refine his disdain for some people," Ryan said in an interview Friday. "Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately because you can see for yourself what it is, perception is a reality with this president. . . He attacks the people he feels being under him. "

She added, "It was apparently not built for that. Being in the White House pressure cooker has exposed for what it is. "

Phillip did not respond to several requests for comments on Friday. Alcindor refused to comment but tweeted after Wednesday's press conference"Then I asked the president to call my question" racist "by asking a general policy question about the tax cut proposed by the middle class, because that's what journalists do. We continue. We focus on the privilege of asking questions to earn a living. We do the work. "

The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, has not responded to a request for comment.

Sarah Glover, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, was shaken by attacks on the three women.

"The most powerful man in the free world verbally abuses journalists," she said. "Donald Trump's comments this week have reached their lowest level with attacks on three female black journalists."

She described Trump's comments about Ryan, Phillip and Alcindor as appalling and irresponsible. They should be denounced. "


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