The snippets below are from two sources, Trump insults reporters, claims Acosta video wasn’t altered and President Trump criticized a prominent black journalist and said White House reporters “have to treat the presidency with respect.”
Before hopping on a plane to Paris on Friday, President Trump insulted some more reporters, threatened that others may have their White House credentials pulled like CNN’s Jim Acosta and disputed reports that his press secretary spread a doctored video of Acosta’s encounter with a White House intern.
While Trump called the reporter who asked about the video “dishonest,” that was mild compared to his treatment of April Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, and CNN’s Abby Phillip.
Phillip asked Trump whether he wanted Matt Whitaker, the newly-appointed acting attorney general, to rein in Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“What a stupid question you asked,” Trump replied. “What a stupid question and I watch you a lot and you ask a lot of stupid questions.”
In response, CNN said through its Twitter feed that Phillip’s question wasn’t stupid. “In fact, she asked the most pertinent question of the day,” CNN said. Trump’s insults “are nothing new. And never surprising,” CNN said.
The attack on Ryan was unprovoked, although the president had appeared upset at Wednesday’s news conference when Ryan stood up and asked him, without a microphone, about voter suppression in the midterm elections. Ryan wasn’t among Trump’s questioners Friday.
“I watch her get up,” he said Friday. “I mean, you talk about somebody that’s a loser, she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise, or she gets a contract with, I think CNN. But she’s very nasty, and she shouldn’t be.”
Ryan became a CNN contributor last year. She said on the network that the three presidents she covered prior to Trump may not have liked every question she asked, but understood why she did so.
“At the end of the day it was part of the American process, it was part of what our Founding Fathers put in place for the accountability of the president of the United States,” she said. “This president seems not to like it, so therefore I’m a loser.”
Between Ryan, Phillip and Yamiche Alcindor of PBS’ “NewsHour,” that makes three black, female reporters that the president dealt with harshly in the past three days. Trump on Wednesday accused Alcindor of asking a racist question when she inquired about the president receiving support from some white nationalists.
“When you’re in the White House, this is a very sacred place to be,” [Trump] said. “This is a very special place. You have to treat the White House with respect. You have to treat the presidency with respect.”
Respect? For he of 5,000 lies? For he who has no respect for his fellow human beings?
Here is my response from a December 2017 post in this blog.
Back in October 2016 I picked up on a NY Times report and posted on this telling quote: Donald Trump: “you can’t respect people because most people aren’t worthy of respect”
… What Drives Donald Trump? Fear of Losing Status, Tapes Show.
The New York Times obtained “Recordings of Donald J. Trump [that] reveal a man who is fixated on his own celebrity, anxious about losing his status and contemptuous of those who fall from grace.”
The Times reported:
Who earns his respect? “For the most part,” he said, “you can’t respect people because most people aren’t worthy of respect.”
All people are worthy of respect until and unless proven otherwise. Trump proves otherwise on every day of his life.