Donald Trump’s press conference today was a reminder of why he stopped holding press conferences to begin with. The entire thing was shaky from start to finish. But when Chinese-American CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang asked Trump a question about testing numbers, he insisted that she “go ask China.” When another reporter tried to jump in to defend her, Trump angrily stormed out.
Suffice it to say that Trump’s racist meltdown didn’t go over particularly well. CNN’s Brian Stelter said this of his competitor: “Viewers are lucky to have Weijia on the White House beat.”
Congressman Ted Lieu tweeted this: “Dear Donald Trump: Asian Americans are Americans. Some of us served on active duty in the U.S. military. Some are on the frontlines fighting this pandemic as paramedics and health care workers. Some are reporters like Weijia. Stop dividing our nation.”
Others also heaped praise on CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins, who appeared to be jumping in to follow up on Trump’s response to Weijia’s question when Trump cut her off, and to PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, who waved off her own opportunity to ask a question by directing Trump back to Collins, prompting Trump to storm off.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report