Washington Blade reporter excluded from White House Christmas party

Washington Blade Reporter Chris Johnson (ABC7)

It’s part of his daily routine—Chris Johnson heads into the White House press briefing.

“I’m always there with my hand up and very often she looks right at me and ignores me,” said Johnson.

A hand raised but he says White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders doesn’t call on him.

And then on Thanksgiving, Johnson learned he was left off of the guest list for the White House Christmas party this past Friday.

Johnson is a reporter for the Washington Blade, which focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.

“The fact that I did not get an invite was very consistent with the administration’s policy to exclude LGBT people,” said Johnson.

Johnson tells us he has worked for the Blade for 10 years and was invited to the White House Christmas party for the past seven years.

Johnson said he tried to get answers from the White House but he hasn’t heard back.

ABC7 News' e-mail has also gone unanswered.

And again on Thursday, he was not called on during the White House press briefing.

“They never gave me an explanation why,” said Johnson.

Johnson is not alone. The NAACP tweeted April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent and a CNN contributor, was also not invited for the first time in 20 years.

What he thought was an oversight may be just how the White House wanted it.

“I think the best solution for people who disagree with you is to be more visible, not less visible. And because at the end of the day the White House is the people’s house,” said Johnson.

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