Chris Johnson, a reporter for the Washington Blade, the oldest LGBTQ paper, has attended every White House holiday for the press for the last 7 years. However this year, the reporter realized that he along with many others didn’t receive an invitation.“My first reaction was I assumed it must have been an oversight,” Johnson said. He initially emailed the White House inquiring about about his invitation, but never received an explanation as to why he had not been invited, the Independent reports.
Johnson is among many who were snubbed this year, most of whom are unpopular amongst the President and his officials. White House correspondent April D. Ryan, who has been invited to the party for the past 20 years, was also left off the list this year. When asked about the snub, Ryan told the Washington post“I don’t think I was overlooked, I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”
While, Johnson who believes that he has been left out because it is “consistent with the policy of the administration to exclude LGBTQ people,” April Ryan, who is black believes Trump and his administration see her and other reporters of color as “the enemy.
Sources: Erika Walton, Balleralert.com
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