- President Donald Trump’s campaign staff fired a reporter for The New York Times after she posted a photo on Twitter showing that most of the people attending the rally in Michigan were not facing.
- “Maybe 10% have masks,” journalist Katie Gray tweeted.
- A spokesman for Trump’s campaign told Business Insider that Gray was being offered the opportunity to stay if he refrained from further reporting, claiming she lacked press authority.
- Local public health officials urged people to wear facials.
- “Good Democrats and good Republicans still wear masks,” Saginaw County Medical Director Dr. Delicia Pruitt said last month. “It̵
No mask? No problem at President Donald Trump’s election rally in Michigan on Wednesday, an observation New York Times correspondent Katie Gray made before she was expelled from the event.
In a Twitter post, Gray noted that of the thousands attending the rally in Freeland, “Maybe 10% have masks.”
Local public health officials urged residents to wear face shields to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Good Democrats and good Republicans still wear masks,” Saginaw County Medical Director Dr. Delicia Pruitt said last month. “It’s not a political issue. Good people just wear masks.”
—Catty Gray (@michpoligal) September 10, 2020
But Trump’s campaign officials appear to be more concerned about Gray’s lack of authority over the press.
“I was just kicked out [T]rally “, the reporter published, moments after the arrival of the president of Air Force One. Gray described it as” first “for her, saying that Trump’s election team” followed me from the photos [I] he tweeted and led me out. “
Courtney Parella, deputy national spokeswoman for Trump’s re-election campaign, said Gray was given the opportunity to stay at the event, provided she stopped reporting on it.
“Cathy was not recognized as a press and generally behaved like a press,” Parella said. “The staff informed her that if she wanted to stay as a press, she had to apply for credentials. She was also asked to stay as a guest at the event if she did not act as a press, but chose to continue to do so. [and] so she was asked to leave. “
Gray told Business Insider that she applied for press releases “and never received a response.”
“I was there with a shared ticket,” she said, and “that’s why they told me they were asking me to leave.”
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