President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday featured an angry mob lashing out at the press. When a Politico reporter derided those lashing out at the press, conservatives lashed out online in offense.
From the media area, CNN's Jim Acosta posted a video of the "sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa."
Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa. I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up… https://t.co/GK0mnmKWR3— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1533087165.0
The video features a man in a "f*ck the media" T-shirt and three different people giving the middle finger.
Acosta said, "I'm very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt."
Veteran Florida politico reporter Marc Caputo retweeted Acosta's video, adding, "if you put everyone's mouths together in this video, you'd get a full set of teeth."
Breitbart News' Joel Pollak claimed that Caputo's tweet was, "why Americans hate the news media."
At first, Caputo mocked those who took outrage over his comments on the oral hygiene of Trump's Florida supporters.
Caputo mocked one critic by saying, "snowflake has a sad."
In another deleted tweet, Caputo wrote, "Oh, no! I made fun of garbage people jeering at another person as they falsely accused him of lying and flipped him off."
"Someone fetch a fainting couch," he joked.
Never forget that the people who swear at strangers, flip them the bird, yell lies about them or excuse the aforeme… https://t.co/e0fbLD3lAU— Marc Caputo (@Marc Caputo)1533100571.0
On Wednesday morning, Caputo apologized.
I need to apologize for tweeting caustic remarks after seeing a reporter berated & abused. Hate begets hate. My com… https://t.co/ym4alBdC0v— Marc Caputo (@Marc Caputo)1533135902.0
In the age of social media, where divisiveness serves no decent purpose, these flippant comments on my part only ma… https://t.co/7XxUwwtNyR— Marc Caputo (@Marc Caputo)1533135903.0
While it’s usually a good idea to just delete tweets that are wrong, I own this and the criticism (both accurate an… https://t.co/nnGHrIcnzF— Marc Caputo (@Marc Caputo)1533135903.0
Trump supporter who led chants against Jim Acosta was member of a bizarre and murderous cult https://t.co/SBO0wzS4lT— Raw Story (@Raw Story)1533133921.0