#WeLoveYamiche Trends After Donald Trump Accuses Reporter of Asking 'Threatening' Question at Coronavirus Briefing

The hashtag #WeLoveYamiche was trending on social media Monday morning after President Donald Trump told the White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor not to be "threatening" during a coronavirus press conference.

At the Sunday briefing, the PBS NewsHour reporter asked the president about his claim state authorities did not need as much medical equipment as they were requesting. Trump made the claim during an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.

Trump interrupted Alcindor and said she needed to be more "positive" before adding: "It's always trying to get you... and you know what, that's why nobody trusts the media anymore."

PBS NewHour Reporter Yamiche Alcindor
Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewsHour asks a question of President Trump on November 7, 2018. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

"That's why you used to work for the Times and now you work for somebody else," the president said. "Be nice. Don't be threatening. Be nice."

Alcindor continued with her question, asking Trump how his view would impact fulfilments of medical equipment orders.

"It's not going to impact it," Trump responded. "We're producing tremendous numbers of ventilators. We're doing a great job on it."

He later added: "You, me, we're all on the same team. When journalists get up and you're a journalist, a fine journalist, and ask questions that are so threatening—we're all on the same team."

When Alcindor tried to ask a follow-up question, a White House staffer took the microphone out of her hand as the president berated the correspondent for not being "fair" to other journalists.

Posting on social media after the press briefing, Alcindor said: "President Trump today at the White House said to me: 'Be nice. Don't be threatening.'

"I'm not the first human being, woman, black person or journalist to be told that while doing a job.

"My take: Be steady. Stay focused. Remember your purpose. And, always press forward."

The reporter then received a flood of support on Twitter as users took up the #WeLoveYamiche hashtag. At the time of writing, #WeLoveYamiche was forth in the U.S. Twitter trending rankings with more than 74,000 tweets using the hashtag.

"Very heartening to wake up and see #WeLoveYamiche as the top trend on Twitter," KETV meteorologist Matt Serwe tweeted. "She's one of the best."

Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile said: "#WeLoveYamiche and every professional journalist on the job covering the #CoronavirusOutbreak. Thank you."

"I love Yamiche because she's not hysterical," podcaster Paula Poundstone tweeted. "She remains calm, and asks important, reasonable questions that need answers. She understands the importance of facts."

Newsweek has contacted Yamiche Alcindor for comment and will update this article with any response.