Sanders April Ryan 10-31 split

Every day of the Donald Trump era is surreal in some awful way, but Tuesday's White House press briefing had a little something extra.

A weary traveller on the space-time continuum could have been forgiven if he had mistaken the briefing for a Jefferson Davis scrum, as press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took multiple questions about the “compromises” that this administration apparently feels could have prevented the Civil War and pointedly refused to condemn Ku Klux Klan icon Nathan Bedford Forrest.

In perhaps the most emblematic moment of these peculiar and dismal times, AURN White House correspondent and Black Journalist the Year April Ryan — who has been steadily attacked by this administration — was repeatedly snubbed by Sanders as she attempted to cut to the heart of Chief of Staff John Kelly's remarks.

At the end of the briefing, however, Ryan had her say, as Sanders fled the podium to a question that should never have to be asked in the United States of America:

“Sarah, was slavery wrong? Does this administration believe that slavery was wrong? Sarah, does this administration believe slavery was wrong?”

Following the briefing, Ryan continued to press the question on Twitter:

Perhaps we'll get an answer Wednesday. Sanders is scheduled to brief reporters at 2:30 p.m., and maybe some other reporter will take up the question if she refuses to call on Ryan.

Watch Kelly's remarks on “honorable” slave-torturer Robert E. Lee below.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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