White House reporter April Ryan once again demonstrated that she is not messing around on Friday when she asked a question at an event “honoring” ML that has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues:
“Mr. President, are you a racist?”
Trump just signed a proclamation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. Top African-American supporters, including Sec. Ben Carson, joined him if seemed more ironic than respectful.
The moment came just one day after Trump reportedly called Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations “sh—hole countries.” Throughout his first year in office, Trump’s administration pushed for legislation and policies that are largely seen as attacks on the poor and people of color in favor of the rich and white.
To top it all off, Trump refused to denounce neo-Nazis and white supremacists and publicly shared Islamophobic views and propaganda.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did not stand for white supremacy, and the Trump administration is hell-bent on keeping that structure of power in place. On Friday, April Ryan did not have it.
April Ryan To The Rescue
Ryan became a national hero last year after footage of her reaction to then-press secretary Sean Spicer’s claim that Hitler never used chemical weapons in concentration camps, which Spicer referred to as “holocaust centers”, went viral. Her startled reaction was glorious and perfectly reflective of the obscenity of Spicer’s words. April Ryan takes no prisoners.
Ryan, who is a reporter for Urban Radio Networks and a CNN contributor, straight up asked the president whether or not he’s a racist. Since the start of his campaign, Trump has faced almost no consequences for his hateful speech. Reporters like Ryan are doing the work that, in the long run, can and will take Trump out of office.
Trump, of course, ignored Ryan. But the interaction is now infamous, frozen in time on the internet, and Trump’s racist slip-up isn’t going away anytime soon.
Democratic leaders across the board issued rebukes of Trump, and Republicans stepped in to denounce the president’s comments as well. That prompted Trump to tweet in denial of the reports:
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians.”
I’m sure that the thousands of Haitians that the Trump administration is lining up for deportation following its decision to end Temporary Protected Status, think otherwise.
And thank goodness April Ryan. Amidst the chaos that is a Trump presidency, at least one reporter has the courage to call it what it is.
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