"I'll tell you what," said Donald Trump to Ms. Ryan, "do you want to set up the meeting? Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?"
When Ms. Ryan, looking and sounding dumbfounded, answered "No," and reminded him that she was a reporter, Trump steamrolled right over her, telling her, "Set up the meeting, let's go, set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the black caucus. I think it's great. The Congressional Black Caucus." As if it weren't Donald Trump's job as President to work with all lawmakers, regardless of their particular legislative body.
Ms. Ryan, of course, kept her composure and did not counter Donald Trump's answer to her, demeaning and racist as it was.
But here's what I wish April Ryan had said Donald Trump: "Mr. President, someone needs to inform you that, as President, it is your job to communicate with and set up meetings with all congressional lawmakers, regardless of their race. Your job, not mine, do you understand, Sir? And the fact that I happen to be African American and a woman does not make me your servant. Do you understand that, Sir?"
But, of course, April Ryan is a professional and so would never have responded with such a retort.
That's why I did it for her.