CNN’s Howard Kurtz asked Politico’s chief political correspondent if he had ever seen crowds “turn” on him as some of John McCain’s crowds had.
KURTZ: Does this ever happen to you where the crowd turns on you?
SIMON: Oh, sure. Covering George Wallace I was at a rally in 1976 — this was after Wallace had already been shot and Wallace would put the press in the front rows and point to the press and say, “these are the enemy, these are the people.” We went up to him afterwards because we were afraid to go outside and I said, “why are you instigating.” And he said, “I don’t instigate. I just lay down the hay where the goats can get it.” That was George Wallace and only Mary who saved us afterwards from the crowd because she engaged the crowd in calm conversation.
This video is from CNN’s Reliable Sources, broadcast October 12, 2008.