President Trump has made no secret of his disdain for reporters, which he & # 39; fake news & # 39; calls and "Enemy of the American people. "He also said unfriendly things about women and people who are African American.
This week he hit a trifecta and selected three African American women who are journalists. The women – Abby Phillip, April Ryan and Yamiche Alcindor – deservedly despised his contempt because they had asked him questions.
Trump mentioned one of the questions from Phillip & # 39; Stupid & # 39 ;, described Ryan as & # 39; a loser & # 39; and swept Alcindor away and said her question was racist & # 39; used to be.
Phillip, a CNN reporter and former Washington Post journalist, Friday drew Trump's wrath, after asking him if he hoped Matthew G. Whitaker, Trump's appointed acting prosecutor general, Robert's council S. Mueller III on Trumps & # 39; theory & # 39; would & # 39; keep in the way & # 39 ;. Presidents campaign.
"What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question, "snapped Trump. He answered the supposed & # 39; stupid & # 39; do not ask, but he cast more disdain at Phillip. "I see you often," he said. "You ask a lot of stupid questions."
He suggested that he consider pulling the press data from other journalists to cover the White House, as he did on Wednesday with CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Among those he put forward in that context, Ryan was.
& # 39; You talk about someone who is a loser & # 39 ;, said Trump about Ryan, a reporter from American Urban Radio Networks and an employee from CNN. & # 39; She does not know what she's fucking doing. She gets publicity and then gets a pay raise, or she gets a contract with, I think, CNN. But she is very dirty and she should not be. You must treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect. & # 39;
Trump's "loser" comment came two days after he admonished Ryan at a press conference at the White House.
"Sit down, I did not call you," Trump ordered after Ryan tried to ask him about alleged voter repression during the midterm elections. & # 39; So & # 39; n hostile media, it is so sad ;, added Trump while Ryan insisted him. & # 39; You have him roughly interrupted, & # 39; Trump told her, referring to another reporter.
A few moments later, Alcindor Trump asked about his recent characterization of himself as a nationalist & # 39; and whether that label & # 39; white nationalists & # 39; encouraged.
Trump interrupted her and responded"I do not know why you say that is a racist issue." He repeated that characterization – "racist" – twice more.
Trump has disparaged a lot of people, so his reactions to Phillip, Ryan and Alcindor can simply be a reflection of contempt for equal opportunities. But all three of the newest examples fall into the categories of people – journalists, women, African-Americans – for whom Trump has reserved special atrocity. Among the Afro-American figures are Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters of California and Frederica S. Wilson of Florida.
"He is not able to fuse his contempt for certain people," Ryan said in an interview Friday. "Unfortunately, or perhaps because you can see for yourself what it is, perception is a reality with this president … He attacks the people who, according to him, are under him."
She added: "Apparently he was not built for this, by sitting in the White House pressure cooker, you showed him what he is."
Phillip did not respond to several requests for comments on Friday. Alcindor declined to comment, but tweeted after the Wednesday press conference"I followed the president who called my question" racist "with a policy question about his proposed tax cut in the middle class, because that's what journalists do." "We continue." We focus on the privilege of asking questions. we do the work. "
The press secretary of the White House, Sarah Sanders, did not respond to a request for comment.
The attacks on the three women left Sarah Glover, the chairman of the National Association of Black Journalists, and shook her head.
"The most powerful man in the free world is verbally abusive to journalists," she said. "Donald Trump's comments this week have reached a low point with attacks on three black female journalists."
She mentioned Trump's remarks about Ryan, Phillip, and Alcindor as "appalling and irresponsible." They must be charged. & # 39;