President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for reporters, who calls "fake news" and "Enemy of the American people. "So he had unkind things to say about women and people who are African American,
This week, he hit a trifecta, singling out three African American women who are journalists. The women – Abby Phillip, April Ryan and Yamiche Alcindor – have earned his just ask for asking questions.
Trump called one of Phillip's questions "stupid," Ryan as "a loser" and brushed off Alcindor, saying her question what "racist."
Matthew G. Whitaker, Trump's appointee acting attorney general, would be "in" special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Trump's Trial presidential campaign.
"What a stupid question that is, What a stupid question, "Trump snapped. He did not answer the allegedly "stupid" question, but he did not pour more contempt on Phillip. "I watch you a lot," he said. "You ask a lot of stupid questions."
Credits to cover the White House, as he did with CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Wednesday. Ryan has been brought up in that context.
"You talk about someone who's a loser," Trump said of Ryan, a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks and a contributor to CNN. "She does not know what the hell she's doing. She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise, she gets a contract with, I think, CNN. But she's very nasty and she should not be. You've got to treat the White House and the Office of the Presidency with respect. "
Trump's "loose" comment came to a close at the White House news conference.
"Sit down! I did not call you, " Trump commanded after Ryan tried to get him over alleged voter suppression in the midterm elections. "Search a hostile media, it's so sad," Trump added as Ryan pressed him. "You rudely interrupted him," Trump told her, referring to another reporter.
A few moments later, Alcindor asked Trump about his recent characterization as "a nationalist" and what that label was "emboldening white nationalists."
Trump interrupted and responded"I do not know why you say that, that is such a racist question." He repeated that characterization – "racist" – two more times.
Trump has disparaged many people, so his responses to Philip, Ryan and Alcindor might simply reflect equal-opportunity contempt. Trump has reserved special nastiness – journalists, women, African Americans – for whom. Among the African American figures are Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters of California and Frederica S. Wilson of Florida.
Ryan said in an interview Friday. "He's not to finesse his disdain for certain people." "Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately because you can see for yourself what it is, perception is reality with this president. , , He attacks the people he feels are beneath him. "
She added, "It's probably not built for this. Being in the pressure cooker of the White House has exposed him for what he is. "
Phillip did not respond to several requests for comment on Friday. Alcindor declined to comment but Tweeted after Wednesday's news conference'I follow the president's calling my question' racist 'with a policy question about his / her / its'. We press on. We focus on the privilege of asking for a living. We do the work. "
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not respond to a request for comment.
Sarah Glover, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, shaking her head.
"The most powerful man in the free world is verbally abusing journalists," she said. "Donald Trump's comments this week have reached an all-time low with attacks on three black female journalists."
She called Trump's comments about Ryan, Phillip and Alcindor's appalling and irresponsible. They should be denounced. "