President Trump made no secret of his disdain for journalists, which he calls "false news" and "Enemy of the American people"He also had bad things to say about women and people who are African American.
This week, he hit a triféta, identifying three African American women who are journalists. The women – Abby Phillip, April Ryan and Yamiche Alcindor – have earned her scorn just for asking him questions.
Trump described as "stupid" one of Phillip's questions, describing Ryan as "a loser" and swept away Alcindor, saying his question was "racist".
Phillip, a CNN journalist and former Washington Post reporter, drew Trump's wrath on Friday after he asked if he hoped that Matthew G. Whitaker, who was in charge of Trump as attorney general, would "keep to brake "the special advice of Robert S. Mueller III on Trump's presidential campaign.
"What a stupid question. What a stupid question, "Trump snapped, he did not answer the alleged" stupid "question, but he paid more scorn on Phillip." I look at you a lot, "he said." Ask a lot of stupid questions. "
He suggested that he was considering withdrawing press credentials from other journalists to cover the White House, as he did on Wednesday with CNN journalist Jim Acosta. Among those who grew up in that context was Ryan.
"You talk about someone who is a loser," said 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 gets a salary increase, or gets a contract with, I think, CNN, but she's very bad and she should not be … You have to treat the White House and the Presidency office with respect. "
Trump's "loser" comment came two days after he cautioned Ryan at a White House press conference.
"Sit down, I did not call you" Trump commanded after Ryan tried to ask him about the alleged suppression of voters in the mid-term elections. "Such a hostile vehicle, it's so sad," Trump added as Ryan pushed him. "You broke off abruptly," Trump told her, referring to another reporter.
A few moments later, Alcindor asked Trump about his recent characterization of himself as "a nationalist" and if that label was "an encouraging white nationalism".
Trump interrupted and replied"I do not know why you say it, this is a racist question." He repeated this characterization – "racist" – twice more.
Trump has denigrated many people, so his answers to Phillip, Ryan and Alcindor could simply reflect the disregard for equal opportunities. But all three recent examples fall into the categories of people – journalists, women, African Americans – for whom Trump has reserved special nastiness. Among the African-American figures are the Democratic representatives: Maxine Waters of California and Frederica S. Wilson of Florida.
"He is not able to hone his disdain for certain people," Ryan said in an interview on Friday. "Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately because you can see for yourself what it is, perception is reality with this president … He attacks people he feels under him."
He added: "It's apparently not built for this – being in the White House pressure cooker exposed it for what it is."
Phillip did not respond to several requests for comments on Friday. Alcindor declined to comment but tweeted after Wednesday's press conference"I followed the president by calling my" racist "question with a political question about his proposal for tax reduction of the middle class because that's what journalists do.We continue, we focus on the privilege of asking questions to live.We do the work. "
The White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not respond to a request for comment.
Sarah Glover, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, has been shaken by the attacks on the three women.
"The most powerful man in the free world is verbally abusing journalists," he said. "Donald Trump's comments this week have reached a historic low with attacks on three colored journalists".
He called Trump's comments on Ryan, Phillip and Alcindor "terrifying and irresponsible." They should be reported. "