Black Twitter Slams Trump Press Conference: ‘This Can’t Be Real Life’

Trump sparked derision and mockery after asking veteran reporter April Ryan if she’s “friends” with the Congressional Black Caucus

Donald Trump’s first news conference as President of the United States was an eventful one, with Trump slamming the “dishonest” media, denying reports about his campaign’s ties to Russia and promising to crack down on leaks in his administration.

But perhaps no moment drew more criticism his exchange with reporter April Ryan, when he asked the veteran White House reporter if she’s “friends” with the members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“This can’t be real life,” activist Deray McKesson wrote on Twitter.

Other Twitter users also slammed the president’s question as “racist,” saying that the question was both disrespectful to Ryan as a professional journalist and as an African-American woman.

“April Ryan has put in too much damn work to be disrespected by the Trump White House the way she has been the last few days,” wrote Mother Jones’ Brandon E. Patterson.

“Guess all us Black folks must roll with the Congressional Black Caucus when we aren’t all dodging bullets in the inner city,” Shay Stewart Bouley joked.

The moment followed a Washington Post story earlier in the week reporting that Trump communications official Omarosa Manigault “physically intimidated” Ryan outside the Oval Office.

“She stood right in my face like she was going to hit me,” Ryan told the Post. “I said, ‘You better back up’ … She thought I would be bullied. I won’t be.”

See some of the reactions below: