It Looks Like The Trump Campaign Just Got This Reporter Arrested

While Donald Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of being crooked and freedom hating, a member of the press was arrested at a his Houston rally after simply inquiring about press credentials.

Alex Thompson of Vice News was arrested at the Omni Westside hotel for “trespassing.” Thompson, inquiring as to whether or not his pending press credentials had been approved or denied, entered the hotel lobby to ask members of Trump’s communications staff what the final say was.

According to Vice News:

A man who identified himself as a hotel manager then asked Thompson to leave and warned that he would be arrested if he did not. Roughly two minutes later, without further warning and while Thompson was waiting for a member of Trump’s staff to clarify his access to the event, he was arrested by Houston Police, handcuffed, and escorted outside. Thompson spoke with his editors while handcuffed and said that he was never given any opportunity to explain himself to police.

And just like that, a reporter was arrested for requesting an answer to his ability to report on the rally, which is his constitutional right.

Ryan McCarthy, editor-in-chief of Vice, tweeted:

Of course the Trump campaign denied any knowing or involvement of the incident, saying, “The campaign was not involved in this incident or aware of the details surrounding it. The event organizers were responsible for today’s media presence and requested the campaign limit attendance to the traveling pool.”

Thompson was released on bond overnight, and the Houston police claimed that he issued an ultimatum: arrest him or leave him alone, because he is not leaving until he gets an answer, as he — a member of the press — is entitled to.

Vice has hinted that their lawyers are working on getting the charges dropped.

Given Trump and his campaign’s hostility to the media (which includes threatening to sue the New York Times, tightening libel laws, and calling CNN panelists a bunch of losers), could having a reporter arrested seem too far out there? The answer is no.

Whether or not Trump or anyone in his campaign made the call is not know. But we do know this much: the campaign had his credentials pending; he inquired but to no avail; he inquired again, and was arrested for “trespassing,” even though the event was public.

Trump is no friend of the press, or the freedom of the press to report on the asinine and ridiculous things he and his supporters cough up. That should scare everyone.


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