Trump whines about media coverage at Mississippi rally: ‘It’s so damn unfair, the press’
At a jam-packed rally in Biloxi, Mississippi, GOP candidate Donald Trump called a photojournalist “disgusting” for not obeying his demands that he rotate his camera to capture the size of the crowd.
Though the media did report extensively on the fact that Trump filled the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, with WLOX reporter Dave Elliott wandering around the crowd amid wide-angle shots of packed seats and long lines, Trump spend several minutes yelling at news crews covering the event and accusing the media of purposely not showing the size of his crowds in their reports.
Trump told the crowd there was overflow and people who couldn’t get inside were seated next door in a convention center — a claim Coliseum officials told MS News Now wasn’t true.
“They don’t want to show the crowd,” Trump said, as the crowd booed. “That’s what it is. They’re really dishonest people.”
But Washington Post reporter David Weigel posted a photo on Twitter showing the Coliseum was full.
My view of the Trump rally in Biloxi. All the seats behind me are full. pic.twitter.com/KlmVaYYRvY
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) January 3, 2016
Trump continued obsessing about the cameraman he had hammered earlier for not obeying his order to turn the camera around.
“Look at the guy in the middle!” Trump yelled, pointing at the photographer. “Look at those guys, they don’t turn it… I thought mechanically, they couldn’t turn! They turn.”
He then said the media goes out of its way to cover protesters at his rallies.
“It’s so damn unfair, the press,” he continued. “That guy right there has not moved that camera. It’s disgusting.”
Trump then said he’d fire the cameraman if he could.
He also talked about his plan to build a wall that will shame the Great Wall of China along the U.S.-Mexico border, and potential Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
Watch Trump’s entire speech, as posted to YouTube, here: