‘Are They Friends Of Yours?’: Trump Asks Reporter of Color if She Knows Congressional Black Caucus


Today during a press conference that appeared to be an hour-long rant against the mediaDonald Trump fielded a question from April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks about his plans for inner cities, which he campaigned on a platform of fixing.

She asked what his “urban agenda” was and when he responded that she should wait until he releases an executive order, she followed up by asking him if he planned to involve the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. (Well, first she asked if he’d meet with the CBC, but had to break down the acronym after Trump asked her who she was talking about.)

“Do you want to set up the meeting?” he asked repeatedly.

“No, no, no; I’m just a reporter,” she said.

“Are they friends of yours?” he pressed.

He went on to say he thinks the Congressional Black Congress is “great” and he’d love to meet them. (Note that they’ve claimed they’ve offered to meet with him and he has not yet agreed.)

There you go. Trump asked a black reporter if she is friends with members of the CBC. Aside from how unethical it would be for a reporter to be friends with and make meeting plans on behalf of an elected official, the assumption that she must know all the black politicians is stereotypical and, according to the following responses on Facebook, offensive.

UPDATE – 3:06 P.M. EST: The Congressional Black Caucus noticed Trump’s remarks, and they had this to say:

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