Trump asks black reporter if she can set up meeting with Congressional Black Caucus
At Thursday afternoon’s press conference, Donald Trump managed to make time in between spouting garbled nonsense and promises that sounded more like threats to engage in a vaguely racist exchange with a reporter.
After Trump went on for a bit about how he would “fix the horrendous situation” in “our inner cities” (probably by declaring martial law), reporter April D. Ryan, who is black, asked if he would include the CBC in conversations on his urban agenda. “Am I gonna include who?” he asked, clearly ignorant of what she was talking about.
Ryan clarified she was referencing the Congressional Black and Hispanic Causes, to which Trump replied, “Do you wanna set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?” You know, because all black people know each other.
“No I’m just a reporter,” explained Ryan to Trump as one would a child. “I know some of them, but I’m sure they’re watching right now.”
“I would love to meet with the CBC, I think it’s great,” replied Trump, seemingly attempting to grapple with his new knowledge of this organization’s existence. “The Congressional Black Caucus, I think it’s great.”
I’m sure they’re all really grateful for his approval.
Here is the video of this ridiculous, outrageous interaction.pic.twitter.com/4wfdJ9p0tv
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) February 16, 2017
In Trump’s defense, it’s possible he wasn’t asking Ryan to set up the meeting for him because she is black, but because the idea had just popped into his head and he thinks the president can make anyone do his bidding at any time. “If you know so much about this ‘CBC,’ why don’t you set it up?” was most likely his thinking on it. But it was probably also because she was black.
Between this and her recent troubles with Trump toadie Omarosa Manigault, it’s a wonder Ryan hasn’t thrown in the towel.
[screen shot: CNN]