Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement Following Attacks by the President on Three Female, African American Reporters

Nov 14, 2018
Press Release

PRESS STATEMENT HEADER

For Immediate Release                                                                  Contact: Robin Chand

November 13, 2018                                                                                                (202) 225–3816

Press Statement

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement Following Attacks by the President on Three Female, African American Reporters

 

Jackson Lee—“ It came as no surprise that in the aftermath of the 2018 Midterm Elections, in which his party was routed and lost control of the House of Representatives, the President dismissed the pointed questions of three African American reporters—April Ryan, Abby Phillip and Yamiche Alcindor—as dumb, racist or stupid.  To be clear, the questions were neither dumb, racist or stupid, but rather too close for comfort for a president who clearly feels the legal, ethical and political walls closing in on him.”

Houston, TX - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget, and the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, released this statement following attacks by the President against three female African American reporters:   

“Since taking office, the President has treated members of the press differently than did his predecessors.  He routinely disparages the Fourth Estate as “fake news,” derides the press as the ‘enemy of the people,’ and routinely singles out individual entities and individuals for persecution.  Usually this amounts to nothing more than presidential petulance but sometimes it turns dangerous, as it did in October 2018, when a Trump acolyte mailed over a dozen pipe bombs to critics and opponents of the President, including CNN. 

“But, the President has typically reserved special and pointed derision for his African American critics, especially African American women members of Congress and members of the press.  So it came as no surprise that in the aftermath of the 2018 midterm elections, in which his party was routed and lost control of the House of Representatives, the President dismissed the pointed questions of three great and highly respected African American woman reporters—April Ryan, Abby Phillip and Yamiche Alcindor—as dumb, racist or stupid.  To be clear, the questions were neither dumb, racist or stupid, but rather too close for comfort for a president who clearly feels the legal, ethical and political walls closing in on him.  The President’s misconduct conduct is consistent with his pattern and practice of routinely disparaging African American criticism—especially from females.  The American people see the pattern, and see through it, and know that these flailing attacks say more about the President than it does about these three very able and highly respected female reporters.

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Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing the 18th Congressional District of Texas, is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security and the Budget. She is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.