President Donald Trump attempted to silence then angrily demeaned Yamiche Alcindor, a Black female reporter, on Friday when she pressed him on rising unemployment figures for Black and Asian workers.
The put-down occurred after Trump crowed in a Rose Garden statement about a better-than-expected 13.3% unemployment figure for the nation in May. The president shockingly claimed that it was a “great day” for George Floyd — the Black man a white police officer killed last month in Minneapolis — because he would be pleased “looking down” at the jobs stats.
When Alcindor, who works for PBS, asked the president to explain how he plans to address systemic racism in the country, he held a finger to his lips, then seconds later said: “A strong economy.”
When she asked how worsening jobless figures for Asians and Blacks were “a victory,” as Trump had claimed, he shook his head angrily and told her: “You are something else.” (Check it out in the video above.)
My question to President Trump just now: Why haven’t you laid out a plan to address systemic racism? What is the plan?— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 5, 2020
His response: A strong economy.
My Q to President Trump just now: Overall, U.S. unemployment rate fell by 1 %. Black unemployment rate went up .1%. Asian American rate went up by .5%. How is that a victory?— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 5, 2020
His response to me: “You are something.”
Note: It’s a crucial question.
Trump’s dismissive attitude toward Alcindor — and the issues she raised — only amplified the cause of the...