During a long, rambling press conference, President Trump’s abrupt, heated exchange with reporter April Ryan became a flashpoint of anger, mockery, and backlash among viewers on Twitter.
When Ryan, who is African-American, asked if the president would meet with the CBC – first having to explain that CBC stood for Congressional Black Caucus. Trump replied, “I would. You want to set up the meeting? Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?”
“No, I’m just a reporter,” Ryan replied, but Trump doubled down, retorting, “Go ahead, set up the meeting.”
“Disgusting,” is how activist Shaun King categorized the exchange.
“This just can’t be real life,” said Deraey McKesson.
The exchange became especially glaring as earlier in his press conference, Trump had declared himself the “least racist person.”
See below for a sampling of Twitter reactions to the viral moment that sent the phrase “Black Caucus” trending within minutes: