During a rally in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, President Trump took his “law and order” message a step further, not only applauding harsh law enforcement treatment of protesters, but of journalists as well. Sometimes they grab one guy, ‘I’m a reporter! I’m a reporter!” Trump said gleefully, aggressively pantomiming a Guardsman throwing aside the reporter and shouting “get out of here,” adding, “they threw him aside like he was a little bag of popcorn.”
Trump said “you don’t want to do that,” but described such instances as “actually a beautiful sight” because of the “crap we’ve all had to take for so long,” mocking reporters for using the term “peaceful protest” to describe protests featuring looting and property damage. Trump also mocked MSNBC host Ali Velshi for getting hit in the knee with a rubber bullet while covering a protest, incorrectly claiming he “got hit in the knee with tear gas and he went down,” and mockingly shouting “I got hit! I got hit!”
And the cultists cheered.
“They grabbed a guy – ‘I’m a reporter! I’m a reporter!’ – ‘Get out of here!’ They threw him aside like a bag of popcorn. But honestly, when you watch the crap we’ve all had to take…it’s actually a beautiful sight”-Trump glorifies violence against journos pic.twitter.com/UAENo59vrR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 23, 2020