It did not go unnoticed on Twitter that President Donald Trump harshest comments, delivered during an unhinged impromptu press conference on Friday morning, singled out two black journalists from CNN — Abby Phillip and April Ryan.
During the twenty minutes of questions from reporters, Trump insulted well-respected White House correspondent Ryan as a “loser” who “doesn’t know what the hell she is doing.” When Phillip attempted to ask him about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the president told her to her face that she was asking a “stupid question,” before claiming Phillip always asks “stupid questions.”
The deeply personal and demeaning comments were immediately hammered on Twitter, as former MSNBC host Soledad O’Brien got the ball rolling with: “The President attacking black women again.”
Then it was on.
And Trump today attacked another black reporter, Abby Phillip: “What a stupid question that is,” he says to her.pic.twitter.com/tqcw3NgFtt
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 9, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
The President attacking black women again.
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) November 9, 2018
Trump is disgusting. He just called Abby Phillip's totally relevant question stupid this morning. Again, targeting a Black, female reporter. He's not fit to hold the office.
— nikki nikki nikki (@nikkijones00) November 9, 2018
And the day ends in “y”… https://t.co/E1sk7TqNfRADVERTISEMENT
— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) November 9, 2018
Trump continues to demean Black women journalists. My “shocked” face … 🙄 This is who HE IS! pic.twitter.com/s7Ew2FQzEi
— Giselle J. Phelps (@GisellePhelps) November 9, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
.@AprilDRyan & @abbydphillip & @Yamiche are 3 of the finest reporters in the @whca and custodians of the #FirstAmendment – dismissing them or their questions as dumb, racist or stupid says more about @realDonaldTrump and his #dogwhistle racism than it does about these fine women.
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) November 9, 2018
Every time President Trump attacks April Ryan, she gets death threats. His unsolicited attack on her is characteristically unpresidential, reprehensible and beneath contempt. #unfit #threattodemocracy
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) November 9, 2018
— Anna (@trillselda) November 9, 2018
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) November 9, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
I say again… the day you white house press corp reporters decided to Boycott Trump for about 1 week you see a difference in his behavior towards reporters. Your continuous clamoring behind creates the disrespect for the profession and for the black women.
— verian (@bravbar) November 9, 2018
@SenatorTimScott do you agree with the way that @realDonaldTrump talks to black female reporters???? Will you ever speak up or are you scared that people in South Carolina will turn against you for having a voice??? #Trump #MAGA
— CJ G (@cjgproduxions) November 9, 2018
No group forces Trump to ask answer questions he does not want to more than journalists.ADVERTISEMENT
And no group consistently votes against Trumpism more than black women. https://t.co/xivgNbT977
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) November 9, 2018
trump truly hates Black reporters … he can’t stand the fact that they belong there https://t.co/efueM45Vft
— Ahmed (@Nafarat100100) November 9, 2018
Trump On Black People:
April Ryan: loser, nasty
Michelle Obama: just selling a book
Barack Obama: Kenyan
Maxine Waters: low IQ
LeBron James: dumb
Don Lemon: dumb
black countries: shitholes
black athletes: SOBs
Black tenants: unwelcome
Black workers: lazy
Central Park 5: guilty https://t.co/DPlrk0jy0C
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 9, 2018
Trump is hates black women. That’s the only reason he implies that Abby Phillip is stupid. This is a 30-year old black woman who, by all accounts, is a very intelligent and hard-working journalist. I’ve never heard say anything stupid. https://t.co/aJzmLXMw5B
— Makhosini Nkosi (@Makhosini) November 9, 2018
WHY DO JOURNALISTS ALLOW DONALD TRUMP TO SPEAK THIS WAY TO BLACK WOMEN REPORTERS!!!!! WHY IS NO ONE STICKING UP FOR THESE JOURNALISTS!!!!! I’M!!!!
— loni (@angrynegrita) November 9, 2018
Abby Phillip, don’t worry about Trump’s criticism of you. You’re in great African American’s company, (Michelle Obama, April Ryan, Maxine Waters, Etc.)
— Eva (@eva190) November 9, 2018