WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Trump has derided a female reporter during Monday’s Rose Garden news conference by saying, ‘I know you’re not thinking. You never do.’
- While it would seem that Trump misheard the reporter’s response, it was still unacceptable behavior for a president.
- Trump’s behavior—attacking female reporters and defending Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh—came at a moment when Republicans are at risk of losing female voters in the midterm elections.
Monday’s Rose Garden news conference was supposed to highlight a triumphant moment for President Trump as the United States, Canada, and Mexico had reached a new trade deal involving an update of the decades-old NAFTA.
But when Trump opened the question-and-answer session, he inexplicably derided a female reporter.
When Trump called on ABC News’s Cecilia Vega for the first question, he said, “She’s shocked that I picked her. She’s in a state of shock.”
When Vega responded, “I’m not. Thank you, Mr. President”, Trump chided, “That’s okay, I know you’re not thinking. You never do.”
While it would seem that Trump misheard her response as “I’m not thinking,” instead of “I’m not. Thank you”, the exchange was still disturbing and unacceptable behavior for a president.
The attack simply came out of the blue, especially since Vega hadn’t asked a question yet.
The attack also came across as gender-driven – especially since Trump is known to resort to stereotypes when confronting women, who he often reduced to physical appearance or supposed lack of intellect.
Belittling women has been standard Trump practice. But his unprompted actions on Monday were especially daring, given the criticism against Republicans for moving forward with a Supreme Court nominee accused of sexual assault — a nominee whom Trump spent most of Monday defending.
Trump’s questionable treatment of Vega and other female reporters in the news conference continued as he refused to let Vega ask a question about the FBI investigation into his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and only came back to her after other reporters had asked about trade, which is the subject of the news conference.
Trump also cut off CNN’s Kaitlan Collins when she kept pressing Trump on whether he would consider it disqualifying for Kavanaugh if he lied to Congress while under oath, by telling her, “You know what. You’ve had enough. You’ve really had enough.”
Trump proceeded to call the media “loco” for supposedly playing the part of the Democratic Party.
Even at a moment when his party is in trouble of losing female voters in November’s midterm elections, Trump did not seem troubled himself as he continued to attack women in the press corps.
Source: The Washington Post