It’s only fitting that this incident took place at this convention, encapsulating the Republican Party’s core values in a campaign full of dog whistles and outright racism from Romney surrogates to Mittens himself diving into Birtherism. The news broke in a Tweet from David Shuster:
And now TPM confirms:
An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention, a network official confirmed to TPM.
…In a written statement, CNN addressed the matter but divulged few details: “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”
TPM’s calls to RNC and convention officials were not immediately returned.
As one Facebook commenter noted on the “removal” –
Gregory Gadow: Removed from the convention, as in kicked out from being a delegate and replaced with an alternate? Or removed from the convention, as in taken to another room and given a cold beer and a slap on the back?
I’m sure party officials will underscore that the person was ushered out, as if the comment itself isn’t an issue and has been “addressed.” There may be only a handful of black folks attending the convention, but you can best believe there are quite a few working the event at the venue. Perhaps this bigot finally realized that on their way out to the parking lot.
Update: From the Convention: “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”