VICE News Reporter Arrested Outside Trump Campaign Event in Texas
A VICE News reporter was arrested outside a Donald Trump campaign event this afternoon for inquiring about press access at the event.
Alex Thompson, VICE reports, was attempting to find out if he would be allowed access inside, given how the Trump campaign said earlier this week it was “pending.”
So he went inside the lobby of the hotel Trump was speaking at to find out, and then this happened:
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.
Again, this was for just asking about press access into the event.
UPDATE –– 6:15 pm ET: The Trump campaign has responded in a statement obtained by Mediaite:
“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. The campaign had no staff presence at check-in for guests or media and therefore has no further knowledge of what occurred.”
Watch above, via VICE.
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