In one of the most cringe-worthy, attention-seeking moments, CNN “pundit” and Urban Radio’s White House correspondent April Ryan, is now claiming she was “forced” to hire security after Jim Acosta was booed at a Trump rally.
But if that was not dumb enough, it gets worse.
She expects the American taxpayers to foot the bill.
April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, has hired a personal bodyguard after receiving death threats she claimed were the result of the Trump administration’s vilification of her as a reporter.
“Oh, I get approached a lot, when I’m walking from my car, when I’m walking to my car, when I eat. Anywhere I go. I mean, they have put a target on my head, and I don’t know who’s who sometimes,” Ryan said in an interview published Tuesday by the Hollywood Reporter.
“I’ve had death threats. I’ve had craziness … Do I have a bodyguard? Yes, I do. Am I paying for it? Yes, I am. And, I think [White House press secretary Sarah Sanders] should have to pay for it, especially if she’s stirring it up with her boss,” she added.
Ryan, who is promoting her forthcoming book “Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House,” did not state why her employer is not covering the costs.
According to Ryan, Sanders is planning her “elegant exit” from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the coming days.
“I hear it’s almost over,” she said.
“What’s happening is unprecedented … I’ve been under attack. And lied on. Treated terribly. And if I don’t tell the story, you won’t get it. So, I’m putting it out there, because people see one side of it,” said Ryan.
Ryan, an African-American woman, said the White House is “still very angry” that she once asked Trump if he was a racist.
She claimed to be on a “list” of reporters the White House does not like.
“The blacklist. The White House blacklist … Me, [CNN chief White House correspondent] Jim Acosta. We’re on the blacklist. [CNN White House correspondent] Kaitlan Collins. People they don’t like,” Ryan added.