President Donald Trump doesn’t like being challenged by any media figures, even if they are conservative white males like Fox News’ Chris Wallace or The Bulwark’s Bill Kristol. But female reporters, in particular, seem to rattle Trump, as journalist Jack Shafer argues in an op-ed published in Politico this week.
Shafer describes a pattern, explaining, “It starts with a reporter, usually a female reporter, asking President Donald Trump hard, tenacious questions at a news conference. Trump’s jaw seizes up, rattled and dumbfounded by the questions that he can’t or won’t answer. He abruptly ends the presser by saying, ‘Thank you very much’ and stalking out of the room.”
Shafer cites some specific examples and notes that Trump abruptly ended press conferences after being asked tough questions by Paula Reid or Weijia Jiang of CBS News or Kaitlan Collins of CNN. And Shafer also notes how Trump reacted when Playboy’s Brian Karem asked him some questions he didn’t like: Trump became angry with Karem, but he “toughed it out” and stayed instead of “yanking the ejection lever.”
“Trump’s problems with female reporters have become a defining quality of his presidency,” Shafer observes. “NBC News’ Katy Tur says Trump turned her into a ‘target’ during the campaign, and he feuded with Megyn Kelly while she was at Fox. In late March, when PBS ‘NewsHour’ reporter Yamiche Alcindor pursued Trump with legitimate questions about COVID-19, he cut her off, ridiculed her, and said, ‘Don’t be threatening. Be nice.’”
Back in May, Trump complained to the New York Post that Jiang and Reid weren’t more like the stay-at-home mom the late Donna Reed portrayed on her 1950s/1960s sitcom “The Donna Reed Show.” The ironic part: in real life, Reed was a liberal Democrat and an activist for progressive causes.
Male reporters like CNN’s Jim Acosta and NBC’s Peter Alexander, according to Shafer, have received “thumpings” from Trump. But they don’t traumatize him in the way that female reporters do.
“Male reporters who contest his views make him mad,” Shafer writes, “but female reporters who do the same make him melt down.”
Kayleigh McEnany gets busted during her press briefing after falsely claiming Amy Coney Barrett is a Rhodes scholar
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has incorrectly described Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's third nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, as a "Rhodes scholar." But reporters corrected McEnany during a press conference on Thursday, letting her know that although Barrett graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, she isn't a Rhodes scholar.
The reporter told McEnany, "You said that Judge Barrett is a Rhodes scholar. I'm not sure that that's true" — and McEnany, looking at her notes, responded, "That's what I have written here."
Another reporter at the press conference chimed in, "She attended Rhodes College." And McEnany acknowledged her mistake, saying, "Attended Rhodes College. So, my bad."
Trump’s attempt to checkmate Biden on his son’s sobriety made him look woefully out of touch: columnist
During the Tuesday debate, President Donald Trump attacked Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter for being a recovering drug addict. A profound column by The Atlantic's Adam Serwer explained that not only was it cruel, but it makes Trump woefully out of touch with Americans and says more about his relationship with his children than anything.
"The moments after your first child is born are humbling and overwhelming, the emotional equivalent of staring directly into the sun," wrote Serwer. "You realize that you are suddenly responsible for a human life that you helped create, a sliver of two souls smuggled into another body, a person you will love and protect desperately for the rest of your life."
Right-wing Facebook pages are spreading a fake Kamala Harris quote — that actually came from Trump
Several right-wing Facebook pages have been spreading a quote that supposedly comes from Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, but which actually came from President Donald Trump.
According to FactCheck.org, the Facebook pages have been pairing Harris's image with a quote that reads, "Take the guns first, go through due process second -- I like taking the guns early."
In fact, the quote came from Trump after the mass shooting that left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida in 2018.