Trump Is Threatening To Take Press Credentials Away From Other Reporters

Donald Trump is threatening freedom of the press, trying to chip away at it one reporter at a time. Now that he’s past the midterm elections it looks like he is escalating his war against reporters, threatening to ban more from the White House. He did it to Jim Acosta two days ago, now it looks like he has his eye on others who dare ask him a valid question that he doesn’t like. He is basically saying be obedient or you could be next.

April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks (also a contributor at CNN) is the latest victim of Trump’s new war on the press. After calling Acosta “a very unprofessional man,” the president lashed out at Ryan by calling her a “loser.” This verbal attack comes after Wednesday’s press conference where Trump told Ryan to “sit down,” while trying to ask a question.

Yahoo reports that after his attack on Ryan, “the president further made comments that some critics feel may expose underlying negative feelings about foreigners and people of color. “I can’t understand you,” he told one woman with an accent, and when African-American White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked him about his connection to white nationalism, he told her she was being “racist.”

Ryan has covered the White House for two decades under four different presidents and she says she has always been able to ask challenging questions with the threat of getting kicked out. And now that’s not the only threat she is dealing with.

Ryan wasn’t the only reporter in Trump’s crosshairs today. He also lashed out at another female reporter, also from CNN.

Other White House reporters are showing lots of support for Acosta, Phillip, and Ryan. And when the next press conference or White House briefing takes place the reporters still allowed can’t back down. Some people have suggested that in solidarity other reporters shouldn’t attend White House events anymore. That sounds like an interesting plan, but remember that Trump could then fill the room with a bunch of stooges. Fox News & friends just asking puffball questions. The American people deserve more. They deserve to have reporters in the room who won’t think twice about challenging Trump or Sarah Sanders. They can’t worry about how they will react to tough questions, they just need to do their job. That’s what good reporters do. They try to get to the truth.


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