President Trump had a press conference today about the midterm election that devolved into Trump being angry, railing against the press, repeatedly telling a female reporter to “sit down”, and featured a White House aide actually trying, roughly, to pull a microphone out of CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s hands. Many have wondered why Trump doesn’t hold very many press conferences, holding far less than most other presidents did, but given Trump’s apparent inability or unwillingness to contain his temper, it’s easy to see why any aides of his that are worth their salt might advise him to avoid press conferences.
Trump called the media “very hostile” today, apparently missing that he himself was being hostile. He didn’t just tell reporter April Ryan to “sit down” multiple times, he also dressed her down for her behavior. If, as seems to be the case, Trump thought Ryan was interrupting another reporter, he could have handled that by matter-of-factly saying it was another reporter’s turn first, but instead Trump got angry, continuing to complain about Ryan even after she had, in fact, sat back down. According to The Hill:
President Trump told National Urban Radio Network White House correspondent April Ryan to “sit down” after she attempted to ask a question when he called on another reporter, adding that “the media is very hostile” while reprimanding Ryan for interrupting. “Sit down. I didn’t call on you,” Trump said after calling on Daily Caller correspondent Saagar Enjeti with Ryan attempting to get a question in…“It’s such a hostile media,” he added later after some back-and-forth with Ryan. “You rudely interrupted him [Enjeti].” Ryan is also a CNN contributor. The exchange came during a press conference during which Trump frequently clashed with reporters. Ryan was not the only reporter Trump asked to sit down, and he repeatedly criticized the media during the day-after-the-mid(t)erms briefing.
Here is a clip of Trump’s comments directed at and about April Ryan posted by Vox journalist Aaron Rupar (appearing after Rupar’s post about Trump’s comments concerning firing Mueller) in which Rupar wrote “Trump repeatedly tells April Ryan to ‘sit down’ when she tries to ask him a question”:
Trump repeatedly tells April Ryan to "sit down" when she tries to ask him a question pic.twitter.com/6Th5pBxQtU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 7, 2018
Then when CNN’s Jim Acosta, a frequent target of hostility from both Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, attempted to ask a question, a White House aide actually attempted to wrest the microphone out of Acosta’s hands, being quite rough with him, to which Acosta started to say, quite politely, “Pardon me ma’am, I’m…” before Trump cut him off with “That’s enough”. Here is video of that happening as posted by a ShareBlue reporter, who wrote, “Holy crap. White House aide literally in wrestling match with
@acosta over mic.”
— MidTermmy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) November 7, 2018
This President of the United States cannot seem to maintain civility for the length of a press conference, let alone the length of his administration. It’s embarrassing, isn’t it?