President Donald Trump frequently insults women and loves to insult the press. So during a press conference Monday, he decided to kill two birds with one stone.
When ABC News White House correspondent Cecilia Vega asked Trump for clarification on the scope of the FBI’s investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Trump hurled an insult right at her, enough under his breath that she couldn’t hear him, but audible for anyone listening at home.
First, Trump claimed that Vega was in a “state of shock” that he called on her. When Vega said, “I’m not, thank you,” Trump interrupted with:
“I know you’re not thinking. You never do.”
You can watch it below:
Pres. Trump says he'll answer @CeciliaVega's question about whether White House is limiting scope FBI inquiry into Brett Kavanaugh "later," preferring to talk about trade: "How about talking about trade, and then we'll get to that." https://t.co/Z0mDRU4a2I pic.twitter.com/RLKkqV6Q4f
— ABC News (@ABC) October 1, 2018
He then proceeded to dismiss her question, insisting that questions be on the topic of trade, but it was the random insult that had people on Twitter fuming.
He was disrespectful and condescending in her comment towards @CeciliaVega even before she asked her question! “You never do” is what he said referring to her not thinking. Appalling!
— Moksha Lim (@MokshaLim) October 1, 2018
Right after he told her that she never thinks. He is such a child.
— Barb🇨🇦❤️🇺🇸🌊🤞 (@barbara_1965) October 1, 2018
And says to her "I know you're not thinking, you never do." Yes, we heard it.
— Noreen "Chaos Reigns" Braman (@NoreenBLaughter) October 1, 2018
How about his comment! “ I know you aren’t thinking, you never do “. Where is the outrage here ABC to your own reporter? To a woman, our president is a pathetic jerk.
— rottentothecori (@rottentothecori) October 1, 2018
Some insisted that Vega was in the wrong for asking the question instead of one regarding trade.
Then Vega herself clarified that that was not the case.
A news conference means you get to ask whatever question you want to ask. #FirstAmendment
— Cecilia Vega (@CeciliaVega) October 1, 2018
The president eventually responded reluctantly to Vega’s question.
In pair of testy exchanges, Pres. Trump at first declines to answer @CeciliaVega's question on Kavanaugh inquiry, preferring to talk trade.
He later told her "the FBI should do what they have to do to get the answer," adding "my White House will do whatever the senators want." pic.twitter.com/oabZXZA2Sd
— ABC News (@ABC) October 1, 2018
It’s unsurprising that, even in a trade press conference, the Kavanaugh nomination would get the bulk of the attention.
After an initial hearing had concluded, multiple sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh emerged, forcing the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold another hearing in which one of the accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, was permitted to testify.
After credible testimony from Dr. Ford, Kavanaugh testified again, often coming off as combative and defensive.
Just before the committee was expected to vote him out of committee, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said he would only do so with one condition: an FBI investigation before a full senate vote.
One of the conditions for investigation was that it be limited in scope and time. It was these conditions on which Vega was asking for clarification, after growing reports that the FBI investigation is too restricted to matter.
The ONLY reason the White House wouldn't let the @FBI interview relevant witnesses for the Kavanaugh investigation is because the White House is afraid of what the FBI will reveal.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 1, 2018
CONFIRMED: Flake, Murkowski, and Collins can have *whatever FBI investigation they want*, per Trump. So if the witness list stays at four people, this sham investigation can be laid at the feet of Flake, Murkowski, and Collins—who have *no basis* to overrule the FBI's discretion. https://t.co/wKremeR6n9
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) October 1, 2018
WRONG…not if WH is limiting it
— Patty Hawthorne (@patty_hawthorne) October 1, 2018
The FBI has a week before reporting its conclusions. Only then will America know if the scope was broad enough to matter.