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CNN’s April Ryan Mocks Melania For Not Being ‘Culturally American,’ White House Responds

That’s kind of a xenophobic thing to say.

CNN political analyst April Ryan mocked Melania Trump after she announced her ‘Be Best’ anti-cyberbullying and addiction initiative, saying she is “not culturally American.”

Mrs. Trump grew up in Slovenia, came to New York in 1996, became a permanent U.S. resident in 2001, and gained citizenship in 2006, making her the first naturalized U.S. citizen to become First Lady of the United States.

She also speaks five languages. In addition to Slovenian, she is fluent in English, French, Serbian and German.

That makes her ‘other’ in Ryan’s view, insufficiently American.

“This is, this is a first lady who is not, um, culturally, um, American, but she is learning the ways,” the CNN reporter asserted. “This is not just an American issue, these are not just American issues, these are international issues.”



Imagine somebody at Fox News saying that about a Hispanic politician, or a Mexican flag-waving illegal immigrant.

Steven Cheung, Special Assistant to the President and White House Director of Strategic Response, happened to notice Ryan’s comments and called her out on social media for … well, essentially being a bully.

“What does that even mean?” he demanded. “On a day when Mrs. Trump unveiled a very important initiative , reporters can’t bring themselves to talk about anything but rumors and innuendo.”


Conservative commentator Carmine Sabia spoke with Fox News about Ryan’s comments.

I “remember people like April Ryan saying that we are a nation of immigrants,” Sabia said. “This is racism and reprehensible and she should be ashamed.”

Radio host Glenn Beck reminded Ryan, “I know when some said that Obama wasn’t fully ‘culturally American’ reporters cried racism.”

“Now that you, a reporter, are saying the same, can they cry racism?” he asked. “Or do you just hate foreigners?”


Come on, Glenn. You know the left doesn’t operate on a level playing field. Making racist comments like Ryan did is perfectly acceptable. After all, who’s going to cover it, her colleagues in the media?

Do you think April Ryan should apologize for her comments about Melania? Share your thoughts below!

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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