10 times Trump has lashed out at reporters and called them 'nasty' during his coronavirus press briefings
President Donald Trump has consistently attacked the media for asking what he calls "threatening" or "nasty" questions during his coronavirus press briefings. Trump has berated reporters across multiple news outlets — including NBC, CBS, the Associated Press, and CNN — asking questions about his response to the pandemic. On Monday, the president was so fed up with media critique that he showed his own video outlining his coronavirus response, as an attempt to "correct" the record and show that "everything we did was right."
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President Trump has consistently attacked reporters for asking negative or critical questions during his coronavirus press briefings. In some cases, the president has gone so far as to call reporters "terrible," "fake," and "nasty," and telling some that they're "never going to make it." Trump has made it clear that he prefers positive, easy news coverage of his coronavirus response, rather than difficult or critical reviews. He even went out of his way last Monday to show a video lauding his administrations efforts over the past few months during the press briefing. Here are eight times the president has lashed out at reporters covering his coronavirus response.SEE ALSO: 8 times world leaders downplayed the coronavirus and put their countries at greater risk for infection DON'T MISS: Elon Musk, Jamie Dimon, and Vince McMahon: Here are 20 of the biggest names on Trump's list of advisers to reopen the US economy On March 20, Trump told NBC's Peter Alexander he was a "terrible reporter" after asking a question about what the president would say to Americans who feel afraid over the virus. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1241041500936568838?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw NBC's @PeterAlexander asks Trump what he'd say to Americans who are frightened. Trump goes on rant against Alexander, says he asked a "nasty question," calls him a "terrible reporter" and attacks NBC and Comcast. pic.twitter.com/vZAk3M4mqR In late March, before the US had experienced the height of its outbreak and many Americans were unsure of what to make of the pandemic, Alexander asked the president to address Americans who might be afraid. "What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?" Alexander asked. Trump immediately fired back with, "I say that you're a terrible reporter; that's what I say," and told Alexander that his question was "very nasty" and put out a bad signal to Americans. On March 29, Trump berated PBS News reporter Yamiche Alcindor for asking what he perceived as a "threatening" question about coronavirus equipment and told her to "be nice." Youtube Embed: //www.youtube.com/embed/1uWTL58MGc Width: 560px Height: 315px PBS News reporter Yamiche Alcindor asked the president to address a statement in which he said that governors don't actually need the equipment that they've requested to combat the virus, but Trump cut her off mid-sentence. "I didn't say that," he said. But when she challenged him and cited the statement from an interview on Fox News, Trump responded by saying, "Come on, come on. Why don't you people — why don't you act in a little more positive? It's always 'getcha, getcha, getcha.' And you know what? That's why nobody trusts the media anymore." He then went on to berate her for once working for The New York Times and now working for PBS News Hour, and told her to "Be nice. Don't be threatening." In a tweet after the briefing, Alcindor wrote: "I'm not the first human being, woman, black person or journalist to be told that while doing a job. My take: Be steady. Stay focused. Remember your purpose. And, always press forward." On April 3, Trump berated CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang for her "nasty tone" after she asked him to clarify a statement his son-in-law Jared Kushner made. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1246213280839933952?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw Jared Kushner is in charge of the medical supply chain that delivers critical items to the doctors and nurses who are on the frontlines everyday. Yesterday he said it was "OURS", so I asked what he meant. Trump did not like the question. https://t.co/pZfQiNVWne Jiang asked Trump to clarify a statement made one day earlier by Jared Kushner, a White House senior adviser and the president's son-in-law, which implied that the Strategic National Stockpile was reserved for the federal government rather than states. After Kushner stated that "The notion of the federal stockpile was it's supposed to be our stockpile — it's not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use," Jiang was seeking clarification on what he meant by "our stockpile." But the president quickly grew irritated by this question and began berating Jiang for asking a "gotcha" question in a "nasty tone." "It's such a basic simple question and you try and make it sound so bad," Trump said. "You ought to be, you ought to be ashamed, you know what? You ought to be ashamed." On April 5, when a reporter from the Associated Press attempted to ask Trump about the government's slow coronavirus response in April, Trump cut him off and told him to stop asking "wise guy questions." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1246957524827463680?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw "You should be thanking them for what they have done, not always asking wise guy questions" -- Trump ends the press briefing by berating an Associated Press reporter who dared to ask him about the government's slow response to coronavirus pic.twitter.com/EUq6SG42aN On April 5, Trump cut off a reporter in the middle of a question about slow government response to the coronavirus pandemic, and asked him, "Who are you with?" When the reporter answered "Associated Press," Trump responded by saying the media outlet was "not so great," and "not like it used to be." He then told the reporter that he should be thankful for what government agencies have done during the pandemic, rather than asking "wise-guy questions." On April 6, Trump lashed out against multiple reporters after questions over a Department of Health and Human Services inspector general report, which stated that the federal government failed to provide hospitals with adequate tests and equipment. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1247312858041516035?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw Health experts say there is no responsible way out of this without widespread testing. @KristinFisher's question was on point. When will there be widespread testing? What is the plan? https://t.co/c6V6ZUUCIM Fisher first attempted to ask Trump about the IG report after a survey of hospitals suggested that testing remained severely limited, but Trump dismissed the report as being "wrong." After Fisher challenged him on that notion, the president asked her to confirm the inspector general's name and implied that partisan politics could be the reason for the negative report. On the second time Fisher asked the question, Trump let out an annoyed sigh, and told her that she should "say congratulations, great job," about the administration's testing efforts instead of "being so horrid in the way you ask a question." During the same press briefing, Trump called ABC's Jon Karl a "third-rate reporter" and told him that he will "never make it," after following up about the IG report. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1247306341367963649?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw New tone! https://t.co/dQjl2gYrOX After more questions came flooding in about the IG report, Trump asked the group of reporters how long the inspector general had been in government. When Karl, who also authored a recent White House tell-all, replied that the principle deputy inspector general, Cristi Grimm, had served in the previous administration, Trump lashed out. "You mean the Obama administration. Thank you for telling me that. See, there's the typical fake-news deal," Trump said. "Look, you're a third-rate reporter," Trump added. "And what you just said is a disgrace, okay?" He concluded: "You will never make it." The president also berated Francesca Chambers of McClatchy Media after she asked a question about the Paycheck Protection Program and told her that she's "just incapable of asking a question in a positive way." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1247287825000693766?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw "You ask it in such an unfair way" -- Trump berates a female reporter for asking him about problems with the Paycheck Protection Program pic.twitter.com/CzhdksgWxS When Chambers asked about a confusing start to the Paycheck Protection Program, Trump cut her off by saying that he wished she asked the question differently by saying that the program got off to "a tremendous start," and that the problems had been worked out. He then proceeded to tell her that she was "incapable of asking a question in a positive way," and ended with saying, "I wish we had a fair media in this country, and we really don't." On April 13, Trump called CBS reporter Paula Reid "a fake" after she asked the president to explain what his administration did to respond to the pandemic in February. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1249828326534975488?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw Here's video of @PaulaReidCBS grilling Trump on what his administration did in the month leading up to the coronavirus crisis."You didn't use it to prepare hospitals. You didn't use it to ramp up testing." pic.twitter.com/3pvrn9EAug After Trump played a video lauding the timeline of his coronavirus response, Reid noted that the video jumped from January to March, without information on what the administration did to combat the virus in February. In a heated exchange, Reid grilled the president on what his administration did during that time gap, saying, "The time that you bought, the argument is that you didn't use it to prepare hospitals, you didn't use it to ramp up testing," and asked the president to explain the administration's efforts. Rather than answering the question, Trump fired back with "A lot, A lot," and told Reid pointedly, "Look, you know you're a fake. You know that. Your whole network — the way you cover it — is fake," and claimed that CBS' approval ratings were lower than they had ever been. On April 19, Trump lashed out against CBS reporter Weijia Jiang again, telling her to "relax" after she asked him to address his administration's slow response to the outbreak in February. Youtube Embed: //www.youtube.com/embed/1G5_voy0Mpw Width: 560px Height: 315px Jiang began her question by asking Trump to address something he said a few days earlier, discussing how angry he was that information about the coronavirus wasn't given to the US early on. She proceeded to ask the president why he didn't address the American people about the coronavirus sooner, specifically during the month of February when the disease was spreading. Trump immediately rolled his eyes and pressed the reporter on which news outlet she was with. Then, he began defending himself by talking about the travel restrictions he imposed on China in early February. "So if you look at what I did in terms of cutting off China —" Trump said, before Jiang stopped him. "Chinese nationals," she said. "Not Americans who were also coming from China." Trump then told her to speak "nice and easy," and "just relax." The two continued back and forth until Trump told the reporter she needed to "do her research," and when she continued to address the president, he told her to "keep your voice down please." The same day, Trump slammed CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond after he asked the president why he keeps praising his administration's efforts at a time when 40,000 people have died. Trump shot back by saying, "You don't have the brains you were born with." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1252041492677505025?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Jeremy Diamond: "More than 22 million Americans are unemployed and 40,000 have died from COVID-19. Is this the time for self-congratulation?"Trump: "You're fake news-you don't have the brains you were born with-I've had the most unfair press in history." pic.twitter.com/CLUbuCM4Oy During Sunday's briefing, Diamond asked Trump why he continued to issue "self-congratulating" praise over his handling of the pandemic, when more than 40,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus. Trump fired back by saying his praise was meant to stand up for "the men and women that have done such an incredible job," — namely the vice president, and those who have built makeshift hospitals, as well as doctors, nurses, and admirals. But when Diamond pointed out that the video clips that Trump showed earlier where about him, and not the people on the frontlines, the president shot back by saying, "Those people have been just absolutely excoriated by some of the fake news like you. You're CNN. You're fake news." He then continued to say "and let me just tell you, they were excoriated by people like you that don't know any better because you don't have the brains you were born with."
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Meryl Streep, Al Roker, Queen Elizabeth II, and other celebrities are receiving ratings on their home offices on Twitter. Here are some of the best and worst, ranked.
Room Rater, a Twitter account, has rated the home offices of prominent celebrities, like Beto O'Rourke,...Room Rater, a Twitter account, has rated the home offices of prominent celebrities, like Beto O'Rourke, David Spade, and Josh Groban — as seen on Skype and Zoom. Zoom and Skype calls have become popular for business meetings, on-air interviews, and virtual events during the coronavirus pandemic. Claude Taylor told Business Insider that he and his girlfriend, Jessie Bahrey, created the account "to provide lighthearted content for these troubling times." Taylor is also the founder of Mad Dog Pac, a political advocacy organization. Taylor noted that highly rated rooms are well lit and have depth to them, which means you can see the back of the room instead of just a wall or bookcase behind the subject. "If you're going to do a bookcase, make it interesting. Add a little bit of yourself to it," Taylor said and added that a plant and good lighting can lead to a high rating. Here are some of the best and worst home offices ranked by Room Rater. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SEE ALSO: People are using puppies, pillows, and toilet paper to recreate classic artwork like 'Birth of Venus' and 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' in a hilarious Twitter challenge during social distancing DON'T MISS: I've been working from home for 6 weeks and have learned some things. Here are my 7 tips for staying on task. 12. Room Rater gave former US representative and presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's office a 0/10 rating in his recent interview with Cambridge Union. One Twitter user replied that it was "an excellent interview, though!" Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254844376586608641?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Oh, dear god. Organizing rescue mission. Blink twice if you can hear me. 0/10. @BetoORourke pic.twitter.com/q8UKPyeL3O Source: Cambridge Union/YouTube 11. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal didn't do much better with a 1/10 rating for his background during a charity concert charity for Artists Striving to End Poverty called "Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254756087896707073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Hostage video with closet. Fortunately, he's not a tweeter. 1/10 #jakegyllenhaal pic.twitter.com/MFRpvSyYKG Sources: YouTube, Vulture 10. Room rater gave members of the United Nations Security Council a collective 2/10 rating, although comments on Twitter suggest that Germany is the best of the bunch with a bookcase and some flags in the background. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254590765134761984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw These are members of UN Security Council. 2/10. @UN (collective rating) pic.twitter.com/opwubjo2Ly T9. Songwriter Josh Groban's backdrop for his performance at the "Take Me to the World" charity concert ranked slightly higher at 3/10, thanks to adequate lighting. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254760336160436231?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw An arty, well lit hostage video. 3/10 @joshgroban pic.twitter.com/Hk6I0rZ5XR Sources: YouTube, Vulture T9. Actress Meryl Streep tied with Groban for a 3/10 at the same charity concert, where she performed "The Ladies Who Lunch" with actresses Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254758869043228672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Clearing space for Oscars/Tony Awards. Cheers. 3/10 #MerylStreep pic.twitter.com/7PQsQ78JnW Sources: YouTube, Vulture 7. Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Democratic presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, received a 4/10 rating for his bookshelf backdrop during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1250784597056425986?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Pete on the dangers of cutting one's own hair. @petebuttigieg 4/10 pic.twitter.com/KtcG2rmlrH Source: MSNBC/YouTube T6. With a large plant and two lava lamps, actor David Spade received a 6/10 rating for the backdrop for his continued version of the late show "Lights Out" from home. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1255329665964744706?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Functional room. Great plant and table. Point off for not turning on purple lava lamp. 6/10 @DavidSpade pic.twitter.com/fzm73trNVU Source: Lights Out with David Spade/YouTube T6. US senator Mitt Romney tied with Spade for a 6/10 for his home office during an interview with ABC 4 News. Room Rater was of the opinion that had he angled the shot a little differently, Romney would have done better. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254573443405709314?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw This is a potential 9 with an bad angle issue. Mitt happens. 6/10 @MittRomney pic.twitter.com/CIPReKirnH 4. Meteorologist Bill Steffen received a 7/10 rating thanks to these playful cats having a brawl during his forecast. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1255591653571792896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Bill's Man Cave is a 5 but adding two points for on air cat fight. 7/10 @bsteffen pic.twitter.com/SaU4dJDp7p Source: Wood TV 8/YouTube 3. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse received an 8/10 rating for the kitchen backdrop to his speech about spreading kindness amid the pandemic. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1255538058780389382?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Nice kitchen. Copper pots. A lot of spoons. Close blinds. Add light. 8/10 @Emeril pic.twitter.com/jYRwtVD2ms Source: Emeril Lagasse 2. Producer DJ Khaled received a 9/10 rating thanks to the artwork displayed in the background during his second performance for "Saturday Night Live: At Home." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1254521165353111554?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw This art is simply amazing. We love it. Easy 9/10. @djkhaled pic.twitter.com/4SmKj72D6B Source: Variety 1. Finally, Queen Elizabeth II's home office received a perfect score from Room Rater — 10/10 — in her April 5 address to Britain. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1256595079432732672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Perfect lighting. Flowers in focus. Background soft. Well played. 10/10 @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/KaYuKoo3tb Source: The Washington Post
Republicans are furious that Nancy Pelosi ripped up Trump's State of the Union speech as soon as he stopped talking
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped the transcript of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address...House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped the transcript of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address after his speech. It instantly became the most talked-about moment of the speech, which Trump had tried to make all about his success as president. Republicans were furious that Pelosi stole the limelight, and attacked her on social media. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, ripped up a transcript of President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address just as he finished delivering it. The gesture immediately stole the limelight from Trump's speech. When a reporter asked why she ripped the transcript, Pelosi responded with "It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative." Trump's supporters reacted with fury online — here are some of the most notable responses.SEE ALSO: Tension between Trump and Pelosi dominated the SOTU, beginning with a snubbed handshake and ending with a ripped up speech The White House said that Pelosi had disrespected the people and issues raised in Trump's speech. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224902083209502721?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Speaker Pelosi just ripped up:One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen.The survival of a child born at 21 weeks.The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller.A service member's reunion with his family.That's her legacy. Charlie Kirk, the founder of the Turning Point USA group, joked that Pelosi should tear up the US Constitution instead. Donald Trump Jr retweeted the post. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224897322582102016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Breaking:Nancy Pelosi tore up President Trump's speech mistaking it for the Constitution Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham said that Pelosi can't "tear up the accomplishments of this President." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224905352430440449?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Tearing the speech up is not going to tear up the accomplishments of this President. #SOTU2020 pic.twitter.com/ItwLJwioWx On similar lines, Indiana senator Mike Braun said Pelosi can't tear up the US economy, which Trump touted extensively in his speech. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224912299238006785?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw What @SpeakerPelosi can't tear up is the hottest economy in American history, ISIS leaders dead, the border wall going up, unemployment going down, and historic trade deals that put the American people first. #SOTU Mike Huckabee took two stabs at making an outraged metaphor. The Former Arkansas Governor first compared Pelosi to a TGI Friday's customer who wants to get drunk: Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224896686734168064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Finally figured out what Pelosi is doing. She's looking over the drink menu at TGI Friday's. She's planning on ordering everything on it immediately after this because @realDonaldTrump just got reelected tonight and she and those folks sitting on their hands know it. He then made a crude play on the word "ass": Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224898465982971904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Some people show their class. Pelosi ripped up the speech and showed her....it rhymes with class. A year from now, @realDonaldTrump will be there giving SOTU. @kevinomccarthy will be sitting in that chair, THANK GOD! https://t.co/JOz5uX5hwd Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's former press secretary, said Pelosi is "out of control." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224905316883664897?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Nancy Pelosi tearing up President @realDonaldTrump's State of the Union address tells you everything you need to know about a radical, out of control Democrat party less interested in building America up than tearing the President and his many achievements down. #StateOfTheUnion A professor said Pelosi "obliterated decades of tradition." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224901141005307904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Pelosi's act dishonored the institution and destroyed even the pretense of civility and decorum in the House. If this is the Speaker's "drop the mike" moment, it is a disgrace that should never be celebrated or repeated. In a single act, she obliterated decades of tradition. Jonathan Turley teachers Constitutional Law at at George Washington University. He was invited by Republicans to testify on impeachment in front to the House Judiciary Committee. Mike Pompeo compared Pelosi to a sobbing Lisa Simpson — though he may not quite have realized what he was doing. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1224910919697944576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw pic.twitter.com/AaopLt8f9f The image posted by the Secretary of State is from a 1991 episode of "The Simpsons" called "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington." It depicts Lisa sobbing and tearing up an patriotic essay she wrote, after witnessing a member of Congress taking a bribe. It is not clear whether Pompeo was aware of the context.