While it has been good to see journalists from different backgrounds defending the integrity and journalistic competence of NBC News’ Kristen Welker against Donald Trump’s attacks, it is also important to reiterate the pattern of disgusting personal attacks. and Trump’s sexist against intellect and integrity. and the credibility of black female journalists and prominent black women in public life. It’s also no surprise that a man with a long history of racism and sexism continues these childish and offensive outbursts at the very idea of black women taking over our power at this historic moment.
Given that she is the moderator of Thursday night’s final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, part of Trump’s strategy in personally attacking Welker is aimed at delegitimizing the debate (and what will likely be another horrific debate performance Trump himself) by trying to undermine his legitimacy in advance. At a recent rally in Arizona, Trump falsely accused Welker of being “a radical Democrat,” which she is not – she is registered to vote without party affiliation and has not given a vote. money to Democrats.
Trump also tweeted about Welker: “she’s no good”, “she’s always been terrible and unfair like most fake news” and “but I’ll always play the game.” Ironically, it was probably the fact that she’s so good at her job that also made Trump try to smear her. In March, it was Welker who asked the question that prompted Trump to utter the unforgettable (and not in a good way) line: “I take no responsibility at all.
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