In politics, working on campaigns you always want to keep the focus on the candidate – good or bad- the candidate should be the one people are talking about. When that’s not the case, when someone on the campaign makes headlines, it’s usually not for anything good.
Need an example of what I’m talking about? Take a look at President Trump’s rally in Evansville, Indiana.
Apparently, there was a protestor who made their way into the rally and began causing a disruption. I know, right? Big surprise. But that’s not what has people talking. It’s the actions of a Trump campaign volunteer that has made national headlines. A journalist covering the rally attempted to take a photo of protestor in action, but was unable to do so when a Trump volunteer physically blocked the journalist from doing so. He put the back of his hand against the lens of the camera.
The incident was, of course, captured on camera and has been making its rounds on social media and websites, both local and national.
Whatever your opinion of the press, whether they are “fake news” or whatever, they do have a right to cover such an event. Keeping a journalist from actually doing their job by physically touching their equipment is not a good look, ever.
Not only were the volunteers actions regrettable and frankly, dumb, but they take the attention away from President Trump, his message and Senate candidate Mike Braun.
A volunteer at a President Trump rally in Indiana physically blocked a journalist from taking photos of a demonstrator 🤔 pic.twitter.com/aq6bwcP6hX
— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 31, 2018
You just can’t do that kind of stuff.
The Trump campaign responded Friday saying: “Those actions were of an inexperienced volunteer, who understands that he acted in error. The campaign has taken him off the road and promises that this will not happen again.”
WH Correspondents' Association president: "Trump campaign assures me that these were the actions of an inexperienced volunteer, who understands that he acted in error. The campaign has taken him off the road, and promises that this will not happen again." https://t.co/NaoBdPjEeY
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 31, 2018
I’d hope they’d take him off the road.