During a speech in San Francisco, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended reporter April Ryan and Rep. Maxine Waters.
Both Ryan and Waters are black women, who were both attacked by Republican operatives on Tuesday. On Fox & Friends, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly mocked Rep.Waters (D-California) after hearing remarks she delivered promising to fight against the Trump administration, saying he couldn’t hear a word she was saying due to her “James Brown wig,” an obvious racial slight referring to her hair.
April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, was likewise attacked when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer demanded she stop shaking her head in response to a non-answer he gave to one of her questions about Trump’s meeting with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whom he once referred to as a “bitch” while she was working in the George W. Bush administration.
During her keynote speech at the Professional Business Women of California’s meeting in San Francisco, Clinton — who narrowly lost to Donald Trump in the November general election — defended both women, saying that both women were “simply doing their jobs.” She described Ryan as a journalist with great integrity getting patronized for just asking a question, and Waters as a Congresswoman who was “taunted with a racist joke about her hair.”
“Too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride,” Clinton said. “But why should we have to? And any woman who thinks this couldn’t be directed at her is living in a dream world.”
Watch the video of Clinton’s remarks below:
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Clinton has not ruled out a potential run for president again in 2020, according to former campaign manager Robby Mook. While the former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State has said she’s “ready to come out of the woods,” in reference to her post-election public absence, a wide majority of Democrats and Independents told pollsters that they hope she doesn’t run for president again in 2020.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.