White House reporter April Ryan remains convinced that during the 2016 presidential campaign that she heard candidate Donald Trump claim that "white" Americans built the United States. Ryan, who works for a network that reports news of interest to black Americans, defended her claim in a flurry of Twitter posts starting on the evening of February 21 and continuing on the next day.
A question: So what does "we built this country" mean in front of a predominantly white crowd?— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) February 22, 2017
In one tweet, Ryan asked: "A question: So what does 'we built this country' mean in front of a predominantly white crowd?" Later, she posted a video clip from a 2016 campaign rally in which Trump told his audience, "We cannot let our First Amendment rights be taken away from us, folks." He added, "We are law-abiding people. We're people that work very hard, we're people that built this country and made this country great. And we're all together."
Here is the video of candidate Trump and what he said per my question yesterday. Watch. https://t.co/c3Pd4xA2kC— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) February 22, 2017
Trump called on those attending the rally to "fight back" against "organized, professionally staged wise guys." The rally took place in Ohio on the day after a similar rally was cancelled in Chicago on the campus of the University of Illinois when violent protests broke out. Democrats and leftists claimed that Trump deliberately provoked racial passions.
Ryan, who reports for American Urban Radio Networks, said that the crowd was "predominantly white" and thus Trump was allegedly referring solely to white people. However, it has been shown that Trump never mentioned race. It was Ryan who Trump called upon on February 16 at a White House press conference and asked if she could arrange a meeting for Trump with the Congressional Black Caucus. When she replied that she is merely a reporter, Trump pointed out that she knows the members of the caucus, which is made up solely of Democrats.