US President, Donald Trump on Friday ignored shouted questions from White House correspondent and CNN analyst April Ryan as he finished signing a proclamation to honor Martin Luther King Day. “Mr. President, are you a racist?” Ryan pointedly asked. “Mr. President, will you respond to these serious questions about your statement, sir?” She was referring to Trump’s comments about immigrants from “shithole countries,” which he denied making in a tweet earlier in the day, despite reports from several members of Congress who were in the room at the time. On Thursday night, CNN’s Don Lemon and several other cable-news pundits openly denounced the president’s words as “racist.”
Never in the history of the United States has a President been widely proclaimed racist and questioned about it so openly.