President Trump proved once again how much of a disgraceful buffoon he is in an exchange this morning with ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega, openly insulting her intelligence and condescendingly disparaging her for daring to do her job and ask a question.
At a news conference to celebrate his new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, the President called on Vega and mocked her for her surprise at being chosen to ask a question, given his open hostility and obvious resentment at having to answer questions at all.
“She’s shocked that I picked her. Like in a state of shock” said Trump, with a smug, cruel grin on his face. Vega replied that that was not what she was thinking, to which the President of the United States fired back with “That’s okay, I know you’re not thinking. You never do.”
Utterly appalled, Vega asked “I’m sorry?” to make sure she had just heard what she thought she did.
Trump calls on Cecilia Vega of ABC News. He says that she's shocked that he picked her. Then he adds, "That's OK. I know you're not thinking. You never do." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/FnrIDeyqyN
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 1, 2018
Just a few minutes later, a very testy Trump then shouted down Kaitlan Collins of CNN in an equally rude and dismissive manner, refusing entirely to answer her question about Judge Kavanaugh.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 1, 2018
The Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale reports that he even had her microphone taken away by security.
Trump has the microphone taken away from a reporter who tried to ask him about Kavanaugh.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 1, 2018
Seeing as he went on to answer several questions from men about the Kavanaugh investigation by the FBI, it’s clear that it was the questions from women that really aggravated him, and his behavior serves as a metaphor for the right-wing’s entire handling of the Kavanaugh sex assault accusations.
Furious and mortally offended that a woman would dare to speak up against a white, powerful man and stop him from getting the prestige and privilege that Trump thinks he deserves, his behavior is absolutely appalling and unbecoming of a President — and he’s got another thing coming if he thinks he’s going to silence American women.