CNN’s Dana Bash accused Trump of sexism and treating female reporters differently than he treats male reporters.
This came after Trump lashed out at Weijia Jiang of CBS News during a tense exchange at the daily coronavirus task force briefing
HuffPost reports CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash said it’s time to call out President Donald Trump’s ongoing sexist treatment of female reporters after he told a female journalist to “relax” and “keep your voice down” amid her questioning of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday.
“As a woman who has covered the White House, as a woman who covers politics and policy in Washington, we just have to say that the way he treats the female reporters is different,” Bash said.
Trump appeared to patronize CBS’s Weijia Jiang during Sunday’s White House press briefing when she asked why he did not do more to prepare for the pandemic back in February when he was holding large political rallies.
"Who are you with? … nice and easy. Just relax … keep your voice down, please. Keep your voice down" — Trump tries to bully @weijia after she asks him a question about his statements downplaying the virus in February and his decisions to hold rallies that month pic.twitter.com/SCicdLN8Hv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 19, 2020
“Why did you wait so long to warn them, and why did you not have social distancing until March 16?” she asked him, prompting him to ask her to identify what news outlet she was with before answering.
“So if you look at what I did in terms of cutting off or banning China from coming in,” he began.
“Chinese nationals … not Americans who were also coming from China,” she specified.
“Nice and easy. Nice and easy. Just relax. We cut it off. People were amazed, these gentlemen, everybody was amazed that I did it,” he told her of the response to his imposed travel ban.
He went on to tell her to “keep your voice down” when she asked if he thought the virus, having been in the U.S. before February, would spread.
So I asked him about what he was doing in February. (Rallies.)
And what he has to say to the many Americans who wonder why he did not warn them sooner that the virus was spreading like wildfire at the time.
(He told me to relax.) https://t.co/IW0IKKkBJ7
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) April 20, 2020