Trump’s problem with black women

Julianne Malveaux | 11/15/2018, 6 a.m.
A cursory look at the win-loss column after last week’s midterm election suggests that nobody left the table empty-handed.


Julianne Malveaux

A cursory look at the win-loss column after last week’s midterm election suggests that nobody left the table empty-handed. Democrats gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican’s expanded their control of the U.S. Senate, hundreds of state legislative seats flipped from Democratic to Republican, and Democrats gained other key positions in several states, including gubernatorial and attorney general positions.

But 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 campaigns, 45 notably attacked Democratic opponents any way he could, often with the vilest of lies. African-American political candidates, especially Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Andrew Gillum of Florida, were the focus of his ire.

While 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 a victim of his ire. Because Mr. Acosta was persistent in asking a question, he was falsely accused of putting his hands on a White House intern and his White House press pass was revoked.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 Nov. 9, he attacked Ms. 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.

The 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 questions” when she asked him whether he elevated Matt Whitaker to acting U.S. 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.

Ms. Phillips, a consummate and smooth professional, surely understands that she is in good company. President Trump loves to attack black women for their intellectual acuity — especially those who oppose him, like Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California.

At the same press conference where he melted down on Mr. 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.” 

Ms. Alcindor, who says she has interviewed several white supremacists who 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.