Trump Campaign Boots New York Times Reporter Out Of Rally For Reporting On Mostly Maskless Crowd

Donald Trump may have told Bob Woodward he wanted to play down how deadly the coronavirus pandemic could be, but the incumbent’s campaign today seems to want to stamp out how their candidate’s supporters are ignoring basic COVID-19 safety protocols.

New York Times reporter Kathy Gray was just “kicked out” of the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host’s ongoing rally in the battleground state of Michigan – as she detailed on social media in near real time:

Deadline reached out to Gray, the NYT and the Trump campaign for comment. We will update if and when we hear from any of the aforementioned parties.

With thousands in attendance, the slightly scaled down traditional Trump event comes a day after Joe Biden held his own masked and social distanced event in the Great Lakes State. Holding a slight but steady lead in the polls statewide and nationally, the former Vice-President gave a pro-union speech in Warren, Michigan on Wednesday, as well as conducting a backyard sit down with labor and community leaders.

As POTUS has long railed against the media as the “enemy of the people,” this is not the first time journalist have been booted out of a Trump event or the Trump White House. Back in 2016, the Trump campaign banned reporters from The Washington Post, Politico, BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post at various points from campaign events and press conferences.

Since he became president, Trump’s team have tried to revoke or suspend the credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta and Playboy’s Brian Karem, but federal judges have ordered that their access be restored.

And, then there’s this from tonight’s potential superspreader rally and others:

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