‘Crusty white men out of pocket’: Twitter goes IN on Sean Spicer after he berates April Ryan

Sean Spicer rudely dismissed African American journalist April Ryan during his daily press briefing, and Twitter can’t even.

April Ryan, who is the Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, was told to “stop shaking [her] head” by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer when he talked over multiple questions she asked. Ryan, who has been shaking her head at press secretaries since the Clinton administration, defended her actions on MSNBC following the press briefing.

“My question was simple. How do you change the perception problem?” Ryan said. “These are issues a reporter will ask a White House [official]… unfortunately, I was roadkill today.”

Immediately, Ryan became a top national Twitter trend, with journalists, women, and Black Twitter alike coming to her defense and pointing out the disrespect in Spicer’s demand that she stop shaking her head.

Others pointed out that, in the context of Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly dismissing Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-California) comments about the Trump administration by criticizing her hair, Republicans dismissing black women seemed to a persistent trend. Others pointed out that in an even fuller context of the Trump administration invoking executive privilege to stop former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s communications with Russian officials, the Trump White House was opposed to any and all strong, outspoken women.

Since Sean Spicer apparently doesn’t like people shaking their heads at him, some political observers on Twitter used the moment to tweet gif images of people shaking their heads, including Full Frontal host Samantha Bee:


Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.