Reporter Accuses Trump of Racism at WH Presser—Websites Check Her Claim & Say ‘Hold On a Minute’

At a White House briefing this week, the bureau chief for the American Urban Radio Networks came up with a racist quote she swore was uttered by President Trump — a claim which has left a lot of people befuddled and heading to the Google machine.

In her question to White House spokesman Sean Spicer about President Trump’s visit to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, April Ryan predicated her question on Trump’s ‘racism’: [emphasis added]

“Did he also visit slavery and the reason why I am asking this is because, when he was candidate Trump, he said things like, ‘we made this country,’ meaning white America not necessarily black, did he gain—”

Spicer interrupted her:

“I don’t know why you would say that. What do you mean?”

She burst in:

“No, no, no. He said that. I heard him say that.”

The Washington Examiner looked for the apparent quote and found nothing. Neither did Mediaite, which went to the tape Ryan tweeted out as ‘proof’ of Trump’s racist remark:

Here’s the ‘damning’ quote by candidate Trump:

“We cannot let our First Amendment rights be taken away from us, folks, we can’t let that happen. We can’t let it happen. We have a right to speak. We are law abiding people. We’re people that work very hard. We’re people that built this country to make this country great. And we’re all together. And we want to get along with everybody. But when they have organized, professionally staged wise guys we’ve got to fight back, we’ve got fight back.”

Apparently no one else saw the hidden racism in the quote because it had a grand total of 28 retweets at publication time.

Twitter user Skylar Ezell asked Ryan what she was talking about:

Ryan mysteriously replied that if Skylar looked, there would be no problem finding it:

Maybe she meant for people to look at her own tweet from last year imagining the slight. Note that the comments and the 8 retweets overwhelmingly came after she got flak for calling the president a racist this week:

Mediaite looked. Nothing:

Anyway, I tried to look it up. I searched up and down for any evidence that candidate Trump ever intimated that white America specifically deserved credit for building America, or that he ever said something like “we made this country” in a context where “we” obviously referred to white Americans. I came up short.

Given that this would’ve certainly caused an immediate uproar and would’ve been seized on by the Clinton campaign, I have to conclude that my memory isn’t failing and it never happened.

If anyone knows what Ryan was referring to, we’d love to clear it up. But I wonder if she might owe the president an apology.

After Ryan was ridiculed by Mediaite for the made up quote, Ryan appealed to CNN media reporter Brian Stelter for an assist:

Later, the White House reporter then looked to the timing of the Trump speech for her ‘gotcha’ proof that Trump’s comment was racist:

The Washington Examiner reports that Trump’s statement was made the day after the riot outside a planned Trump event–which was later discovered to have been started by forces working for Hillary Clinton:

The rally was hosted in Ohio, one day after a separate rally was canceled in Chicago amid violent protests that many believe was racially charged and critics say was deliberately provoked by Trump.

Ryan, who works for American Urban Radio Networks, noted that the crowd was “predominantly white” as evidence that Trump was specifically referring to white people, even though he never mentioned race.

Ryan believed that because there were many white people in the audience at that Ohio rally that Trump’s comment was some sort of dog whistle. If it is, she was the only one who heard it.

Independent Journal Review asked Ryan via Twitter if she planned to offer an apology or had anything additional to say about the incident. She did not get back to us before publication.

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