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The morning after Donald Trump's despicable reaction to the white supremacist terror that struck Charlottesville, Virginia, his presidential campaign released a video ad that attacks Trump's “enemies,” which include National Association of Black Journalists Journalist of the Year winner April Ryan.
The ad pits Trump against “enemies” in the media who “don't want him to succeed” and features a collage of news figures that includes Ryan:
The remainder of the ad consists of Trump taking credit for President Barack Obama's accomplishments on jobs, the stock market, and the military. Tellingly, while the ad features a prominent attack on Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) in addition to Ryan, here's who the ad pictures when the narration claims to reveal what “Americans are saying”:
As it turns out, though, April Ryan and Maxine Waters are both openly American.
The ad has drawn criticism as much for its timing as its content, including from Ryan herself:
Ryan, a longtime White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and unofficial dean of the press corps, has clashed with Trump and his administration in a number of racially tinged incidents, including a direct attack by Trump at a press conference.
Trump's relentless attacks on the media have ugly and unsubtle roots, and the timing of this attack is unmistakable. At the same time when he is unwilling to call out the white supremacists who support him, Trump is happy to put April Ryan's face on an enemies list.
It's just the latest example of Trump telling us all we ever needed to know about him.
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