PARIS – President Trump's verbal attacks on black reporters, candidates and lawmakers have again criticized the President for using racist insults to make his Afro-American goals dubious, unreliable and unqualified.
In the last few days, even before leaving Washington for a truce ceremony this weekend, Trump has made personal attacks on a trio of black journalists. He accused of asking "many stupid questions." He called for another "bet" at a press conference and later called it "loser." He berated a third, because he asked a "racist" question. "
Trump called the Mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum (D), a Gubernatorial candidate in Florida, a "thief," stating that Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader of the state governor's governor-in-charge, was "unqualified." One feature of his pre-election election campaign on Tuesday was the mockery of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), A black lawmaker who is severely critical of him, calling her a "low IQ person."
Trump's supporters say he is fiercely opposed to all opponents, and he has been following other reporters in an escalation of his war on the media since he emerged from a bloody midterm election this week, most notably the passing of the White House pass Jim Acosta robbed of CNN.
His rhetoric against prominent African Americans, however, is found to be far offensive.
"His followers are right, he attacks everyone. That's definitely right, "said Adia Harvey Wingfield, a professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, who often writes about race and gender. "But there is also a clear commonality in the attacks he inflicts on people with black and black professionals. These are historical playbooks that are especially about black workers and professionals – not being qualified, not being smart, or having what it takes to succeed in a predominantly white environment.
The most recent example came on Friday when the president stopped by on the South Lawn to question questions from the assembled media. He was asked several questions on the role of Matthew G. Whitaker, whom he appointed Deputy Attorney General on Wednesday, as well as some other issues.
But when Abby Phillip, a CNN correspondent, asked if Trump had asked Whitaker to restrict the ongoing investigation into Russia by the special prosecutor, he snapped
"What a stupid question that is," Trump Phillip replied, who is black. "What a stupid question," he repeated, pointing a finger at her. "But I watch you a lot. You ask many stupid questions. "
The attack sparked the support of other journalists, Democrats, and others for Phillip, who had previously handled the White House for the Washington Post. Many praised her for having asked the most important and relevant question of the day.
But the fans of Trump enjoyed the exchange and considered him an example of Trump showing his tormentors to the boss.
"If you ask stupid questions, be prepared for @realDonaldTrump calling you. #MAGA ", Harlan Z. Hill, a Republican employee and commentator, wrote on Twitter to its 171,000 followers referring to a video clip of the exchange. The tweet had collected more than 1,800 retweets and 5,000 likes within a few hours.
CNN's communications department defended Phillip and said, "It asked the most relevant question of the day, the personal insults of the @realDonald Trump are nothing new, and never surprising."
Several White House officials did not respond to a request for comment on this story.
Trump has put together a largely white list of senior advisors. The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, is the only African American in the Cabinet and in Trump's senior White House staff.
Since assuming office, the President has repeatedly questioned the intelligence of black public figures. Most viciously, his persistent attacks on Waters were called "lower IQs", de facto calling them leaders of the Democratic Party.
Similarly, Trump called CNN's Don Lemon the "dumbest man on TV," and after Lemon interviewed basketball star LeBron James, the TV anchor said "Lebron looked smart, which is not easy." James criticized Trump He called him a "jerk" after the president revoked the Golden State Warriors' invitation to visit the White House as the team reportedly refused to attend.
Trump also described Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (d. Fla.) As "crazy" and he condemned his former aide Omarosa Manigault as a "dog" after writing a circular in which he was accused of using racist language ,
"There is a pattern," said April Ryan, who has handled the White House for American Urban Radio Networks since President Bill Clinton's second term and now serves as CNN's political analyst.
At an official Trump White House press conference Wednesday, Trump demanded that Ryan "sit down" after repeatedly trying to ask him a question about the alleged repression of voters in the meantime. Trump was so downtrodden that he resurrected the incident on Friday during his improvised performance on the South Lawn, calling her a "loser" in a widely ramified answer to a question about Acosta.
In an interview, Ryan, who is a black man, noted that Trump often hails his performances for African Americans, mentioning historically low unemployment rates during his rallies.
But, "There are many shock and awe-inspiring moments where you turn your head and say," Wow! "Black people have been on this street before … Calling by name, derogatory statement against those in this community who are highly regarded and standing in positions to help, it does not go unnoticed."
Last year, Jemele Hill, a prominent sports journalist, called Trump a "white supremacist" on Twitter, prompting White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders to call her a "flammable crime." Hill was being warned by her employer at the time of ESPN and she called the remarks inappropriate. She has since left this company.
Recently, Michael Cohen, who served as Trump's personal attorney for years before quitting the gang after Cohen's indictment, said. He said he heard that Trump used racist language in the past. Asked about the allegations in the White House on Wednesday, Trump denied it outright.
"I would never do that and I do not use racist remarks," he said. Trump tried to protect himself against racial criticism by inviting prominent black figures such as influential Christian pastors into the White House to discuss issues such as the reform of criminal justice. A few weeks ago, he met with Kanye West, a sung Trump supporter, in the Oval Office, although West later tried to distance himself from the White House.
At the same press conference on Wednesday, Trump tried to turn his questioners over, after Yamich Alcindor, a White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, asked if he had encouraged white nationalists to use his rhetoric in the election campaign.
"I do not know why you say that. It's such a racist issue, "said Trump, claiming that he has the highest approval of his presidency among African Americans. He seems to base himself on two dubious polls from conservative branches whose results have conflicted with other polls. Trump twice called Alcindors question "racist".
On Friday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tx) called Alcindor, Ryan and Phillip to three of the White House's best reporters and said in a tweet that "rejecting them or their questions as stupid, racist or stupid, more about that says @realDonaldTrump and his #dogwhistle racism as with these beautiful women. "
But Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, said Trump's language was not a dog whistle because "it's not subtle." "A far-flung 1994 book that combined intelligence with race
"He does it over and over," Glaude said. "It is important that we not only refrain from Trump being just a transaction and that this is central to who he is."