White House reporter April Ryan has been receiving death threats merely for asking press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders a question about Trump.
White House reporter April Ryan revealed that she has received death threats from Trump supporters after asking if he has considered stepping down from the presidency.
Ryan is the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks.
During a daily press briefing this week, Ryan asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if Trump has “thought about stepping down, before or now.”
Sanders complained that the question was “absolutely ridiculous.”
Later appearing on CNN, Ryan explained that her question was motivated by the multiple scandals facing Trump, including the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. Ryan said sources have told her that among the array of choices facing Trump, stepping down “has been on the table.”
She asked the question, and the backlash from Trump supporters was furious.
“Those who are supporting this president are outraged or angry” by her question, she told Wolf Blitzer.
“I’ve been getting death threats, and we’ve been calling the FBI,” she said. “I asked a question, I did not point a finger, I asked a question, and now my life is in jeopardy because of a question. But I’m going to continue to do my job.”
This is not the first time Ryan has faced this issue in her attempts to report on the Trump administration.
After Trump referred to countries with large nonwhite populations as “shithole” countries, Ryan asked Trump if he is a racist. Fox News singled her out and criticized her for the question. That’s when she started receiving death threats.
Ryan is one of the few black women in the White House press corps, and has been repeatedly attacked by the Trump administration through the tenure of both of its press secretaries.
Trump himself has openly expressed hostility toward the concept of the free press, and often derides negative but accurate stories about himself as “fake news.”
The attacks on Ryan by Trump loyalists shows that the message of vindictive hatred is being received loud and clear, and they are going into the gutter in defense of his unpopular presidency.