Second Time This Week Trump Has Attacked a Black Woman Reporter
President Donald Trump has a long and ugly, history of attacking the press in general, and targeting individual reporters. With women reporters it’s worse. And with Black women reporters even worse.
Just on Wednesday during an off-the-rails press conference Trump had an insane meltdown. He also attacked respected journalist Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS Newshour, who is a frequent contributor on MSNBC and NBC News, and a former New York Times reporter.
Asked about his declaration of being a “nationalist,” and if he understands that some see that as emboldening white nationalists, Trump told her, “That’s such a racist question.”
“That’s such a racist question,” he repeated, pointing his finger at her. “Let me tell you: That’s a racist question,” he said, as he repeatedly interrupted and cut her off.
Fast forward to Friday morning.
CNN’s White House Correspondent Abby Phillip, one of many reporters speaking to the president on the White House lawn before he took off for Paris, asked what arguably is the one question on everyone’s mind.
“Do you want acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to rein in Mueller?”
It’s clear Trump installed Matthew Whitaker to do just that. Whitaker has written publicly he thinks Mueller has gone too far. He has detailed ways to curtail Mueller’s investigation. He’s literally called it a “witch hunt.”
Abby Phillip is a veteran reporter who has worked for The Washington Post, ABC News, and Politico.
She is also Black.
How did the President respond to her?
“What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question,” he repeated, as he wagged his finger at her. “But I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions.”
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, 2018
The President did not actually answer her question.
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‘Fishing for White People’: Trump Ordered Plan From Sondland to ‘Fast Track’ Immigration by Europeans Into US
Last year President Donald Trump ordered his U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, to develop a plan that would “fast track” immigration by wealthy Europeans into the United States. It does not appear he ordered similar plans from any other ambassadors.
Sondland (photo, fourth from left) is now an embattled entity, having delivered damaging testimony confirming President Trump extorted a bribe from the President of Ukraine.
But when he first took over as Ambassador to the E.U., Sondland “started talking to subordinates about a need for more skilled and wealthy European immigrants in the United States,” The Washington Post reports.
Believing Sondland’s orders were “racially motivated,” U.S. diplomats that the E.U. mission “were unsettled by the idea.”
One said, “the way this was going to come off was that the United States is fishing for white people, while reducing opportunities for needier people to immigrate.”
That diplomat was correct – not only in how the efforts would be perceived, but in their motivation.
That’s because President Trump, immediately upon Sondland being confirmed and taking over in Europe, tasked him with “developing a proposal to ‘fast track’ immigration from the E.U.,” and ordered Ambassador Sondland to consult with Trump’s top immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Miller, a known white nationalist, has been at the center of Trump’s successful efforts to block all refugees from entering the U.S. He was also behind Trump’s Muslim ban, and Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. He called the latter a “simple decision.”
Image by U.S. Department of State via Flickr
Trump Acting Chief of Staff Admits President’s Tweets Seem Racist – Insists ‘That Doesn’t Mean It’s Racist’
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday that he understand why some people would view President Donald Trump’s tweets attacking a majority African-American district as racist.
In an interview that aired on CBS, host Margaret Brennan pressed Mulvaney about Trump’s recent attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who is black.
According to Mulvaney, Trump made the racist remark because Cummings spoke badly of the conditions at migrant detention facilities.
“Does the president speak hyperbolically? Absolutely,” Mulvaney said. “Have we seen this type of reaction from him before? Yes. And you will again because he pushes back, he fights back when he feels like he’s attacked. And what Mr. Cummings said this week was wrong.”
“You know, though, that this is a majority-black district,” Brennan pointed out. “The president calls it rat infested. He says no human being would live there. Do you understand that that is offensive to the Americans who do live there?”
“I understand that everything that Donald Trump says is offensive to some people,” Mulvaney snapped.
“This is being preceived as racist,” Brennan interrupted. “Do you understand why?”
“I understand why but that doesn’t mean that it’s racist,” Mulvaney insisted. “The president is pushing back against what he sees is wrong. It’s what he’s done in the past and he’ll continue to do it in the future.”
Watch the video below from CBS.
‘It’s Not Even Veiled Racism’: Trump Blistered for Bigoted Attack on Elijah Cummings
On Saturday, President Donald Trump blasted House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for criticizing his border patrol policy, blasting his home district in Baltimore as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” and a “very dangerous & filthy place” where “no human being would want to live” and suggesting it should be stripped of federal funding. Cummings’ district is actually above average in median income and education, but over 59 percent of its population is black, as is Cummings himself, so naturally Trump would assume it is filthy and impoverished.
In conversation with CNN’s Jessica Dean on Saturday, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery sharply criticized Trump for his ongoing bigotry.
“Wesley this is an American president calling an American city ‘disgusting,’” said Dean. “It’s also a president who attacked four congresswomen because he said they didn’t love their country. What do you make of this rant this morning, these tweets?”
“First of all, as you noted, the president of the United States just very recently said, if you don’t love America, you can get out. You can go back to where you came from,” said Lowery. “I forget what European country his ancestors immigrated from not too many generations ago, or which country Melania is from, but perhaps the president can go back there if he doesn’t like Baltimore.”
“That said … this is exhausting,” said Lowery. “It’s clearly a not even veiled racism, that Elijah Cummings, a prominent black member of Congress, is not allowed to criticize what experts are calling concentration camps at our southern border, because he happens to represent an inner city? Racism is not always about the intent of the speaker, although I think the president knows what he’s doing here. It’s about what the listener hears, right? So what they see is this black congressman who the president is saying, ‘This person is corrupt, they are angry, they run a crime, rodent-infested city,’ and what that says to his supporters is, ‘Oh, yeah, we don’t have to listen to that guy. He’s the worst of black America. He plays on every stereotype of black men and women.’”
“It’s exhausting to be a black person who has to show up time and time again, hear this racist vitriol from the president of the United States, feel like you’re not welcome in this nation, and then have to explain it in all these kind of earnest fashions — is it really racist, or technically is it?” said Lowery. “Where for so many people on these issues, you read tweets like that and you either know in your gut or your heart what’s being said or you want to play a semantic game. And I think that does — it’s really a point of demarcation in the divide in our country.”
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