cursory look at the win-loss column after last week's mid-term
elections suggests that nobody left the table empty-handed.
Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives,
Republican's expanded their control of the Senate, hundreds of state
legislative seats flipped from Democratic to Republican, and
Democrats gained gubernatorial, Attorney General, and other key
both democracy and the truth took a hit during the midterms, when the
President of the United States obfuscated, prevaricated, and just
plain lied every chance he got. And then he had the nerve to say he
tells the truth "when he can," which really means he tells
the truth only when it serves him. During the midterm campaign, 45
notably attacked Democratic opponents any way he could, often with
the vilest of lies. African American political candidates, and
especially Stacey Abrams (Georgia) and Andrew Gillum (Florida) were
the focus of his ire.
45 counts the midterm election as a victory, he was so testily
obnoxious in the press conference the day after the election that it
is clear that he felt the loss. And when a bully is beaten, he lashes
out. CNN's Jim Acosta was the victim of his ire. Because he was
persistent in asking a question, he was falsely accused of putting
his hands on someone, and his White House press pass was revoked. At
the same press conference, the so-called leader of the free world was
rudely dismissive to American Urban Radio's star reporter, April
Ryan, repeatedly telling her to "sit down." Then, on
November 9, he attacked Ryan, calling her a "loser" and
saying that she "doesn't know what the hell she is doing."
He said he might consider yanking her press credentials.
president is on a roll when it comes to Black women in the press. He
told CNN's Abby Phillips that she "always asks stupid question"
when she asked him whether he elevated Matt Whitaker to acting
Attorney General because he will impede the Mueller investigation.
Stupid is the perfect way to describe a president who does not even
know how to use Google search to figure out that his pick to replace
Jeff Sessions is biased against an investigation he is now charged
with supervising. Phillips, a consummate and smooth professional,
surely understands that she is in good company. Trump loves to
attack Black women, especially those who oppose him (like Maxine
Waters) for their intellectual acuity.
the same press conference where he melted down on Jim Acosta, the
president also attacked PBS White House correspondent Yamiche
Alcindor, describing a question she asked him about the term
"nationalist" as a "racist question." Alcindor,
who says she has interviewed several white supremacists that are
"excited" by their leader, asked a perfectly legitimate
question of the president who has been stoking racial fires since he
announced his candidacy. In attacking both the questioner and the
question, 45 again showed his biases and his hostility both to the
press and to some of the individuals who cover him.
president enjoys intense press scrutiny, especially when things are
not going his way. But no president has been more rude, dismissive
and offensive toward the press. No press secretary has been more
rude and obnoxious than Sarah Huckabee Sanders. And none has
attempted to curtail press freedoms with the vitriol that Trump has.
Trump says he will pull the press credential of any member of the
press who is not "respectful" to him. In his tiny mind,
disrespect is the same as merely asking difficult or uncomfortable
questions. He and Sanders would undoubtedly feel better if there
were no press questions, just syncopated fawning.
don't expect decency from the president, but I am concerned that the
press corps has not been more strongly supportive of their colleagues
like April Ryan and Jim Acosta. What if, for just one day, every
member of the press began her question with, I'm asking this in the
name of Jim Acosta? What if they started a question with, “Let
me say that my colleague April Ryan is not a loser," this
administration would get some sense of press solidarity. Trump
attacks because he can attack and because few are willing to stand up
President's hostility toward the press is bad enough. His particular
antipathy toward African Americans is even worse. Who will stand up
for April Ryan, Abby Phillips, and Yamiche Alcindor? Where, by the
way, are the women of the #MeToo movement when Black women are being