Trump cut off the microphone of PBS Newshour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and referred to her as “you people” while calling her threatening.
Alcindor asked Trump about his claim that New York doesn’t need as many ventilators as they are requesting.
Trump responded by saying, “Listen, why don’t you people act — listen, why don’t you act in a little more positive. Always trying to get you, get you. That’s why nobody trusts the media.”
Trump then told her to be nice.
The President then told an African-American female journalist that she was threatening, “When you ask questions that are so threatening.”
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 29, 2020
The entire exchange was full of racial overtones from Trump. The President berates white journalists too but he doesn’t call them “threatening.”
The White House cut off Alcindor’s microphone as has become the custom at these sham briefings. Another journalist passed her a microphone after her’s was cut off.
Trump supporters will come up with a million defenses for Trump’s use of you people, but when the entire exchange is viewed, it provides a damning racial context and insight into the bigoted way that Donald Trump views and treats certain members of the media.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association