President Donald Trump’s White House press conference on Wednesday after the 2018 midterm elections is rife with jaw-dropping moments including when he mocked a Japanese reporter.
His errant behavior is encapsulated in his condescending response to a Japanese reporter’s question.
Trump tells a Japanese reporter “say hello to Shinzo,” then continues the snarks with: “I’m sure he’s happy about tariffs on his cars.” He then tells the reporter, who has an accent, “I can’t understand you.”
I had to close my eyes for 10 seconds with a deep sigh on this one. pic.twitter.com/6rYdcPy0Gh
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 7, 2018
The journalist was in the middle of asking Trump a question regarding the economy when the president cut him off, asking, “Where are you from, please?”
The reporter, who was speaking in English but with an accent, responded with “Japan.”
Trump then told him to “say hello to Shinzo,” pertaining to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.
“I’m sure he’s happy about tariffs on his cars,” Trump quipped.
The reporter attempted to continue asking his question but the president again cut him off, saying, “I really don’t understand you.”
Then Trump noted how Japan has treated the U.S. “very unfairly” in the auto trade industry.
He really is tactless. Trump isn’t fit to be president, just based on these conferences alone. The way he just handled this Japanese reporter as abhorrent.
This is my take as if this were in a vacuum in itself.
— Ali (@phosphor112) November 7, 2018
My god Trump just out there being openly racist to a Japanese reporter.
— Marcia Herold (@marciaherold) November 7, 2018
Trump also claimed to have not understood questions from two other reporters of color during the now infamous press conference.
One female reporter asked the president for his opinion of the Muslim women (Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota) who had won seats in Congress.
To this, Trump responded: “I don’t understand what you’re saying.”
When a journalist from Lebanon asked Trump about Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Trump responded, “Who? I don’t understand him.”
For the third time during this press conference, President Trump said he couldn’t understand a journalist speaking English with a foreign accent. This time it was a reporter from Lebanon.
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) November 7, 2018
Trump’s responses to foreign reporters sparked criticisms on social media, with some netizens calling it as a form of racism.
— David Hiltbrand (@DaveOnDemand_TV) November 7, 2018
— Duncan (@duncan_98point9) November 7, 2018
Trump is being so racist with every reporter who has an accent that asks him questions. “I don’t understand you.” He also just called a black woman racist towards him. This White House #PressConference is bazaar.
— Vote 4 Democrats Nov. 6! (@InternAdam) November 7, 2018
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