President Donald Trump just can’t seem to let go of this “fake news” conspiracy against CNN and other outlets.
During a White House sit-down meeting early Wednesday where the president was supposed to be honoring Black History Month, he couldn’t help but carve out some time to criticize CNN and praise Fox News.
Let’s keep in mind that during this meeting, Trump was surrounded by two of his fervid black cronies, Dr. Ben Carson and former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault — who have both taken positions in his administration and were subsequently disgraced by black Twitter.
Trump: They can't call me a racist if I put Ben Carson in charge of a department with the word Urban in it. pic.twitter.com/Ghs45w3C1O— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) January 31, 2017
Neither of these two appeared to take umbrage with the fact that Trump allowed his narcissism to dominate the meeting and made the moment all about his personal beef with the media instead of focusing on the topic at hand.
He even offered a backhanded compliment to GOP strategist and CNN contributor Paris Dennard, who was in attendance at the meeting.
“Paris has done an amazing job in a very hostile CNN community,” Trump said.
"He's all by himself, seven people and Paris," he continued. "I'll take Paris over the seven. But I don't watch CNN, so I don't get to see you as much. I don't like watching fake news."
Huh? How dare you attempt to speak highly of someone and in the same breath slam the organization they represent? Ridiculous!
He went on to shout out his beloved
Faux Fox News, noting how “nice” they’ve treated him.
“Wherever Fox is, thank you,” he said.
It should be noted that the African-Americans in the room didn't seem to be offended by Trump’s antics, as evidenced by their giggling at his remarks, but that doesn't make it any less egregious.
Furthermore, Trump seems to have only invited the black people who work for him or voted for him to this meeting, but Black History Month is a nonpartisan celebration of all African-American roots and achievements. Why did this moment have to be politicized?
He would have been better off just holding a brief press conference and saying, “Happy Black History Month, but only to the black folks who like me.”
At any rate, it didn’t take Twitter long to start pointing out the shortcomings of this pointless meeting and challenging Trump to honor Black History Month with his actions instead of with a lousy photo op.
"Well this is black history month, so this is our little breakfast ... " Trump says, flanked by Omarosa and Ben Carson— Rebekah Metzler (@rebekahmetzler) February 1, 2017
Wow! Trump taking opportunity 2 honor Black history month by calling out media for fake news and saying he's gonna win even bigger next time— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) February 1, 2017
Unless I'm mistaken, everyone sitting at this table w Trump either works for him, campaigned for him, or voted for for him— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) February 1, 2017
Highest-ranking elected African American @Clyburn tells CNN that President Trump didn't invite him to today's meeting with black leaders.— Marshall Cohen (@Marshall_Cohen) February 1, 2017
Trump just described Frederick Douglass as "someone who has done a terrific job that is being recognized by more and more people"— David Frum (@davidfrum) February 1, 2017
Although we should continue calling Trump out for his dismissive attitude toward people of color, what else can we really expect from a racist, classist xenophobe?
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