Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeDetroit voters back committee to study reparations Biden's policies have been disastrous to the US security, the economy Best shot at narrowing racial homeownership gap at risk, progressives say MORE (D-Texas) said Wednesday that she is “stunned” President Trump and conservatives for attacking three prominent black women.
In a tweet, Jackson listed American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan, fellow Democratic lawmaker Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice as black women who have come under "attack" by the Trump administration and Republicans.
I am stunned by the attack on Black women by the Trump Admin and conservative talking heads: April Ryan, Maxine Waters and now Susan Rice!— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) April 5, 2017
Jackson’s comments come hours after the president told The New York Times in an interview that he believes Rice likely committed a crime by requesting the names of Trump transition aides during an intelligence report.
Rice, who served in the Obama administration, denied Tuesday allegations that she inappropriately unmasked the names of Trump aides names. No reports so far have suggested that Rice broke the law by requesting the unmasking, which has been described as a routine intelligence procedure, and the president didn't offer new evidence that she had.
"I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would…The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes. That's absolutely false,” Rice said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) suggested Tuesday Rice was the “Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy” on radio host Hugh Hewitt's show, suggesting that she hurt U.S. efforts abroad in everything that she touched.
Ryan also fell into the public spotlight late last month after White House press Secretary Sean Spicer told her to stop shaking her head in disbelief.
Ryan asked Spicer a question about the Trump administration’s ties to Russia, which he in turn accused her of having an agenda.
“I appreciate your agenda here…At some point, report the facts,” Spicer said.
Ryan told CNN she shook her head in “disbelief” as a response to Spicer, who accused her of having a political agenda.
“You're shaking your head…It seems like you are hell-bent to trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays,” Spicer told Ryan.
In March, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly criticized Waters's appearance last month after she criticized Trump on the House floor.
O’Reilly mocked Waters on-air, saying that she wears a “James Brown wig.”
"I didn't hear a word [Waters] said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it's the same wig.”
O'Reilly later apologized in a statement, saying his James Brown wig comment “dumb."