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Journalist Gets Recognized in General Admission at Trump Rally and Is Threatened With Arrest

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 4.33.54 PMMichael Mayo is a columnist at The Sun-Sentinel, but on his off hours, he’s just a regular guy. Like many other thousands of regular guys in Florida, he’s been going to campaign events for various presidential candidates, checking out what they have to say.

He went to a Marco Rubio event with no problem a few days ago, so it was time to go check out what GOP frontrunner Donald Trump had to say.

Too bad Trump’s people didn’t see it that way. In his own words, here is Mayo describing what happened after he began filming some people leaving, just like plenty of other people were:

Unlike nearly all the others, I was confronted with a stark choice by a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy at 8:40 p.m., while Trump was still speaking: Leaving immediately or “going to jail.”

I left.

“Tell him we’re trespassing him,” a Trump campaign official told the deputy.

The official identified himself only as Justin and hit Mayo with the cliché, “We can do this the easy way or the hard way.”

He was angered, he wrote, because he had violated no law when choosing to attend the rally as a member of the general public instead of going into a pen with on-duty journalists. His account ends like this:

When we met with Sgt. Sluth, I hurriedly turned on my smartphone video.

It turns out I shot the encounter topsy-turvy. The American flag patch on Sluth’s uniform is captured upside down. As I know from the Boy Scouts, an upside-down flag is a sign of distress.

After my night at a Trump rally, I can report that I’m more distressed than ever.

The entire retelling is worth a read, especially in light of the way reporters have been claiming mistreatment at Trump’s other events.

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