If there's one thing President Trump can't stand during this national crisis, it's hard questions from reporters, especially women of color.
After Trump told reporter Yamiche Alcindor to "be nice" and not "threatening" before asking her question at a recent briefing, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice tweeted her support.
She went on to say:
"Pathetic when insecure men can't stomach strong black women."
You go, girl. Pathetic when insecure men can’t stomach strong black women. https://t.co/ExjC9z5p1J— Susan Rice (@Susan Rice)1585584937.0
During that briefing, Alcindor asked Trump:
"You've said repeatedly that you think that some of the equipment that governors are requesting they don't actually need. You said New York might not need 30,000 ..."
Which Trump interrupted by saying:
"I didn't say that."
Trump has repeatedly said that.
Just last week, he told Sean Hannity:
"I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they're going to be. I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators."
"You know, you go into major hospitals, sometimes they'll have two ventilators, and now all of a sudden they're saying, 'Can we order 30,000 ventilators?'"
To answer Alcindor's legitimate question, Trump also remarked:
"Why don't you people act... why don't you act in a little more positive, it's always trying to get you, get you, get you. And you know what? That's why nobody trusts the media anymore...Be nice, don't be threatening, don't be threatening, be nice."
Alcindor later tweeted her feelings about the exchange.
President Trump today at the White House said to me: “Be nice. Don't be threatening.” I’m not the first human bein… https://t.co/TWbMYNzfz4— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1585526158.0
Of course, Trump's demeaning demands aren't stopping Alcindor from doing her work.
Video of my exchange w/ Pres Trump today. My Q is on Trump saying this about governors on Thursday: “I have a fee… https://t.co/b1vdqchjE8— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1585525306.0
Meanwhile, the hashtag #WeLoveYamiche began trending on Twitter as the internet lined up to support her.
Trump telling a black female reporter to “Be nice. Don't be threatening” AND referring to her as “you people” is st… https://t.co/t7TXuYeQVv— Melissa Blake (@Melissa Blake)1585550919.0
Because even her gif is smarter than @realDonaldTrump. #WeLoveYamiche https://t.co/v672t8BEiy— W. Kamau Bell (@W. Kamau Bell)1585551104.0
Why is #WeLoveYamiche trending? Let me go research #WeLoveYamiche. Oh it's about reporter @Yamiche doing her job by… https://t.co/m6p3X9lax6— Wajahat "Fasting" Ali (@Wajahat "Fasting" Ali)1585546519.0
"Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group... When Black women wi… https://t.co/re38Hh0NtJ— The Crisis Magazine (@The Crisis Magazine)1585592263.0
President Trump's desire for praise won't stop the dedicated reporters of our country from getting the facts.
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