On Tuesday, April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks asked a bizarre question to White House press secretary Sean Spicer in the aftermath of President Trump’s visit to the African-American History Museum (transcript courtesy of Mediaite):
RYAN: What did the president gain from his tour today? You talked about where he visited, the exhibits that he visited. Did he also visit [the slavery exhibit]? And the reason why I’m asking this is because when he was candidate Trump, he said things like, you know, ‘We made this country,’ meaning white America, not necessarily black.
SPICER: I don’t know why you would say that. What do you mean–?
RYAN: No, no, no. He said that. I heard him say that.
Trump never said any such thing. And Ryan clearly couldn’t back up her claim
look it up and you will find it
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) February 21, 2017
All of which prompted people to ask Ryan if she’d heard something nobody else had. The end result, there is no proof that she did.
This is nothing new – it’s part of a broader narrative pushed by the leftist media that Trump’s vision for American doesn’t include people of color. Just yesterday, NBC News ran a video of children challenging Trump, as Hank Berrien reports:
A young black man intones, “I want you to know that I don’t like your definition of American because I don’t seem to fit within it.” A young black girl follows, “Most of my family is black. I’m afraid that you’re gonna hurt some of us blacks.” Another non-white youngster: “You are here, attempting to white-wash America.”
The notion that Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” was secretly racist made the rounds thoroughly during the campaign. Here’s what Bill Clinton said about it: “If you’re a white Southerner, you know exactly what it means, don’t you? What it means is, ‘I’ll give you the economy you had 50 years ago, and I’ll move you back up on the social totem pole, and other people down.” Then there’s Shaun King of the New York Daily News: “Simply put, longing for a time where America is so much better than it is today is a well-worn dog whistle for racism and bigotry. Trump is clearly longing for it.”