Washington Post reporter Jose A. DelReal was confronted by private security officials and then detained by police when he tried to attend a rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence.
DelReal began by attempting to get press credentials, but was turned down in accordance with the Trump campaign’s blacklist of the Post. Undeterred, he tried to enter the rally via general admissions. However, private security officials stopped him and demanded he turn over his cellphone and laptop.
DelReal asked whether others attending the rally were allowed to bring in their cellphones. “Not if they work for The Washington Post,” the security official said bluntly.
Eventually he returned to his car and dropped off his cellphone and laptop. But when he returned, campaign security had summoned the police to detain him and search him for any hidden phones. Even after the sheriffs confirmed he didn’t have a phone, DelReal was still denied entry.
Pence staffers expressed regret for the incident when asked for comment, promising to look into it. A Trump campaign official told the Post on background that no campaign staff was involved, and they believe DelReal was blocked by overzealous volunteers. “This is not our policy,” he promised.
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