February 8, 2023

The two women reporters who Trump attacked today just teamed up to school him

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Earlier today, Trump reminded the world what a deeply misogynistic pig he is by disrespecting not just one, but two women reporters during a press conference. He said to one, “I know you’re not thinking. You never do.”


The second reporter was treated to Trump speaking over when she tried to follow up on his comments. He told her she’d “had enough” before refusing to respond to her. Both incidents showed Trump at his worst, dismissing a woman without tact or civility, and underlining just how little he respects women.

To make matters worse, the entire sordid affair is compounded by the fact that Trump spent much of the press conference defending his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is embroiled in a disastrous sexual misconduct scandal.

It’s not enough for Trump to verbally berate women, he feels a need to elevate an accused sexual predator to the nation’s highest court. It’s a disgusting maelstrom of toxic woman-hating and it will end up inflicting generational damage on our democracy.

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Now, the women who felt the brunt of Trump’s ire today have taken to Twitter to hit back. ABC‘s Cecilia Vega pointed out that a news conference is intended for reporters to ask whatever questions they have and that it’s protected by the First Amendment.

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Vega is, of course, correct, and it’s crucial that Trump’s hostility and dishonesty towards the press not be allowed to become normalized. We have never had an administration so lacking in transparency, and the American people rely on the free press to at least attempt to pierce the veil and show us some of what’s going on in our elected government. Trump attacks them out of a fear they’ll unmask him for the fraud and con man he really is.

CNN’s Kaitlan Collins threw her support behind Vega’s sentiment with a simple but poignant “Ditto.”

These women should be commended for remaining steadfast in the face of unprecedented attacks from the White House. We need brave journalists like them to help our country survive the dire times we find ourselves in.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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