To say Donald Trump doesn’t get along with political reporters would be an understatement.
Actually, it would be the Super Bowl of understatements.
As the race for the presidential nomination continues, so, it seems, do the confrontations and slams against journalists covering his rallies and press conferences. Over the weekend, a Breitbart News reporter and editor resigned from the news organization complaining of a lack of support in an incident at a Trump rally in Florida.
Michelle Fields was reportedly man-handled by Trump Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski allegedly grabbed Fields and yanked her away from Trump , nearly pulling her to the floor. She filed a complaint with the Jupiter, Fla., Police Department.
Trump has continued to have run-ins with the press from the now infamous joust with Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly, to his mocking of a disabled reporter to his campaign’s insistence that journalists stay in a “pen” set aside for them at his rallies.
In November, Representatives from five networks -- ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and CNN -- discussed their concerns about the Trump campaign restrictions on a conference call.
In December, Trump reassured reporters that, while he is not their biggest fans, he would stop short of killing them.
"I hate some of these people, I hate 'em," Trump told the crowd. "I would never kill them. I would never do that." He talked about journalist after speaking about Russian leader Vladimir Putin. There have been claims that Putin ordered the murders of Russian journalists.
“… I would never kill them," he said. "I think that would be despicable."
Here are a few instances when Trump and the press ended up at odds:
- A New York Times reporter was barred from covering a campaign stop in Iowa
- Media outlets such as Univision, The Huffington Post, The Des Moines Register and BuzzFeed have all had credentials either restricted or taken away
- Trump has had reporters escorted to the bathroom during events
- Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said he would "blacklist" CNN reporter Noah Gray for leaving “the pen” to talk with a protester at a rally in Massachusetts
- Trump to Anderson Cooper: “60-70 percent of the political media is really dishonest”
- A photographer is body slammed (The Wall Street Journal reported their photographer had apologized for his part in the incident. Warning: Explicit language.)
- Megyn Kelly
- Jorge Ramos (Trump had, patiently, answered a question from Ramos. When Ramos continued to try to ask a follow-up at the event he was escorted from the room. He was later brought back inside.)
- Jose Diaz-Balart
- Reporters are “Absolute sleeze”
- Mocking a disabled reporter
- “You have to tell the truth”
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