Earlier today, Trump engaged in one of his favorite detestable past times: vilifying and insulting the free press. This time he went after CNN’s April Ryan, calling her a “loser” and claiming that she “doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing.” It was puerile, schoolyard bully behavior, completely unbefitting the Office of the Presidency and in perfect keeping with Trump’s vile personality.
Trump: "The same thing with April Ryan…You talk about somebody that's a loser. She doesn't know what the hell she's doing…She's very nasty, and she shouldn't be."
– The president of the United States attacking a black reporter for doing her job pic.twitter.com/9UMw8jnih9
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 9, 2018
The pathetic language was a transparent attempt to distract from the president’s atrocious week in which his party lost control of the House of Representatives and was implicated in campaign finance violations.
Ryan, never one to back down from a fight as evinced by her numerous contentious run-ins with professional liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders, quickly took to Twitter to hit back.
She reaffirmed her devotion to the United States and promised to continue executing her journalistic duties. It was a professional, levelheaded response and speaks volumes about her sterling character.
I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President. I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America.
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) November 9, 2018
Now, CNN’s Jim Acosta has come to Ryan’s defense. Acosta made the news earlier this week after the administration lied about his interaction with a Trump aide during a press conference and used it as a pretext to revoke his White House access. He, like Ryan, has become one of the Republican Party’s favorite targets.
Acosta tweeted that April Ryan is an “incredible journalist and a wonderful person.” He added that anyone who knows her loves her and ended with the hashtag #1A, a clear defense of the First Amendment right to free speech that has been so perniciously undermined by Trump and his lackeys. Good on Ryan and Acosta for refusing to stoop to the president’s level.
My friend @AprilDRyan is an incredible journalist and a wonderful person. If you got to know April as I know her, you would love her too. #1A
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 9, 2018