It’s as if some reporters at certain “outlets” have never heard of former President Donald Trump. The GOP front-runner is not one to be trifled with. After instructing an NBC reporter to not ask any more questions about Alvin Bragg, Trump allegedly grabbed the reporter’s phones and demanded his removal from his plane. One would think that would be a simple enough request. Guess not.
After a campaign rally in Waco, Texas, Trump hosted reporters on his plane for an informal sit-down when NBC News reporter Vaughn Hillyard suggested that Trump seemed “frustrated” by Bragg’s investigation. The question didn’t sit well with the former President, who unloaded on the NBC reporter. According to Fox News, via the Washington Post, Trump replied:
“I’m not frustrated by anything. What am I, frustrated? I just did a speech for two hours. I’m not frustrated by it. It’s a fake investigation. We did nothing wrong. I told you that. … It’s the exact opposite. This is fake news, and NBC is one of the worst at it. Don’t ask me any more questions.”
“I heard you’re a nice guy from NBC, but you’re not,”
Apparently, being told once wasn’t enough for Hillyard, so he dipped a toe back in and asked Trump another question about the witch-hunt surrounding Stormy Daniels. It didn’t go well.
“I don’t want to talk to you. You’re not a nice guy”
“Get him out of here.” https://t.co/dmLq9J9PW1
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 3, 2023
As Hillyard continued to run his mouth, a fed-up Trump snagged the reporter’s two phones from the table in front of him and tossed them and Hillyard aside.
According to recordings, Trump said:
“Get him out of here. Let’s go, get him out of here. Out of here. Out of here,”
For all we know, Trump might have handed him a parachute with an anvil in it and tossed him off the plane. It wouldn’t have been unjustified. The NBC reporter was told to not ask any more questions, and he was on Trump’s private plane. Home field advantage dictates you must play by home team rules.
Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung told the outlet that “no negative incidents” involving reporters ever occurred on his plane. Of course, shutting down an out-of-pocket reporter from an outlet with dubious credibility isn’t necessarily a negative incident.
It is more surprising that an NBC reporter was even allowed on the plane. The network has already been shunned by GOP challenger Ron DeSantis, and if Trump decides to shut them down as well, they will be left talking to Vivek Ramaswamy and Nikki Haley on the Republican side.
Comcast, NBC’s parent company has been under fire for misleading reporting, otherwise known as “fake news.” They misled viewers about Governor DeSantis and his mislabeled “Don’t say gay” bill, and have a long history of less-than-honest reporting when it comes to Donald Trump.
When will they learn? Probably never, so they can expect the cold shoulder from most of the GOP candidates, and in the run-up to a Presidential election, that is not a good look.
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