- President Donald Trump’s campaign staff expelled a reporter for the New York Times after tweeting a photo showing that most people attending a rally in Michigan weren’t wearing headwear.
- “Maybe 10% have masks,” reporter Kathy Gray wrote on Twitter.
- A spokesperson for the Trump campaign told Business Insider that Gray was offered the opportunity to stay if she refrained from further reports, claiming she had no press credentials.
- Local public health officials urged people to wear face covers.
- “Good Democrats and good Republicans still wear masks,” said Dr. Delicia Pruitt, Saginaw County Medical Director, last month. “This is not a political issue. Good people only wear masks.”
No mask? No problem, Wednesday at President Donald Trump’s election rally in Michigan, a remark New York Times correspondent Kathy Gray made before she was expelled from the event.
In a Twitter post, Gray noted that out of thousands of attendees at the Freeland demonstration, “Maybe 10% have masks.“
Local public health officials urged residents to wear face covers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Good Democrats and good Republicans still wear masks,” said Dr. Delicia Pruitt, Saginaw County Medical Director, last month. “This is not a political issue. Good people only wear masks.”
—Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020
But Trump’s campaign staff seemed to be more concerned about Gray’s lack of print credentials.
“I just got kicked out of [T]Rump rally, “the reporter wrote, moments after the president arrived on Air Force One. Gray described it as a” first “for her, saying Trump’s campaign staff” tracked me down from the photos. [I] he tweeted and escorted me out. “
Courtney Parella, deputy national press secretary for Trump’s re-election campaign, said Gray has been given the option to stay at the event, provided he stops reporting.
“Kathy was not credited as a press and was acting like the press in general,” Parella said. “The staff informed her that if she wanted to stay as a reporter, she would have to request credentials. She was also offered to stay as a guest of the event if she did not act as a press but chose to continue doing so. [and] therefore she was asked to leave. “
Gray told Business Insider that he asked for credentials to print “and never got a response.”
“I was there with a general admission ticket,” he said, and “that’s why they told me they were asking me to leave.”
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