In a new op-ed for Cosmopolitan mag, White House correspondent April Ryan spells out how she felt when she saw President Trump‘s new campaign ad, which features her as an enemy of the leader of the free world. She also gives the President a piece of unsolicited advice.
Ryan, a black reporter for American Urban Radio, says Trump’s ad puts a target on her back.
“Waves of sadness overcame me,” she wrote, revealing what she felt when she first heard about it. “I’ve felt unsafe several times in my career as a journalist — I’ve even received death threats — but the president’s ‘enemies’ ad causes me great concern as racial tensions rise.”
“This ad was released one day after the terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia, a place I fell in love with this spring. Charlottesville, a predominantly white Democratic town, inclusive to its core, was invaded by angry hate groups carrying assault weapons and cans filled with concrete. It is now a town known for this event of racial intolerance.”
“Knowing of the terror erupting in Charlottesville, who in their right mind would release a hateful video about enemies of the president the same weekend? This Trump ad campaign has put a target on my back for the crazies who may think the ad is true.”
Despite the threat of danger Ryan feels the ad could bring to her life, she won’t be quiet anytime soon. Not that she ever had a rep for being quiet — Ryan has sparred with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer — who told her to stop shaking her head — and Trump’s black aide Omarosa Manigault, who Ryan fought with outside the Oval Office in February.
Ryan has claimed that Manigault tried to spread rumors that Hilary Clinton‘s campaign was paying her. Ryan has thrown shade back at Manigault. In a recent podcast interview with CNN Contributor Angela Rye, Ryan said the pair used to be close friends — so close that Ryan was supposed to be a bridesmaid in Manigault’s wedding in April. But the Trump Administration didn’t like the friendship and Omarosa began sabotaging their formerly warm relations. She dogged her ex-friend, saying Omarosa was selling cell phones before Trump hired her. She also slammed her by saying she shares an office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building — which is hardly the West Wing.
Ryan directed a sharp elbow at Trump, saying he should practice some self-control.
“As I purge my feelings with these words, Mr. President, I still have respect for the office you hold and for you as president, but you need to practice self-control with your words for my safety, and the safety of others,” she wrote.
Last weekend, Ryan received the 2017 Journalist of the Year award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
See her full piece here.