‘I’ve never felt fearful like that’: April Ryan says pro-Trump pastor screamed profanities at her after MLK event
Reporter April Ryan revealed this week that a pro-Trump pastor who attended the White House’s Martin Luther King Day event on Monday screamed profanities at her after she tried to ask President Donald Trump if he was a racist.
While talking at an event held by the Newseum and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Ryan told the story of her confrontation with the pastor to illustrate the frightening environment that now faces reporters.
Ryan said that she was confronted by a black pastor attending the event after she had tried to yell out questions to Trump, who had duly ignored them while exiting the room.
“There was an expletive, and words were exchanged, and said, ‘You were rude,'” Ryan recalled. “I kept saying, ‘This is about the First Amendment.'”
However, the pastor did not calm down and instead continued yelling at her more loudly.
“I’ve never felt fearful like that,” Ryan said. “I was doing my job, whether you like the question or not… This is the President of the United States, and when you have people… wondering about comments that you’ve been making over and over… I had a right to ask. It’s a sad day when you have to ask the sitting U.S. president if he’s a racist.”
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