- An apparent supporter of President Donald Trump heckled a news reporter for the El Paso, Texas-area ABC affiliate KVIA, according to video of the encounter posted on Twitter on Monday.
- “You spread fake news,” the unidentified woman, who appeared to be wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, chanted in Michael Gordon’s ear. “You should be ashamed of yourselves,” she said.
- Gordon shared video of the incident but said he held “absolutely no ill towards the woman.”
It’s not unusual for news reporters to encounter hecklers, especially at politically charged events like rallies and protests.
Michael Gordon, a news reporter with the El Paso, Texas-based ABC affiliate KVIA, was the subject of one such encounter in a video uploaded to his Twitter account on Monday. In footage seen being played back on a computer, the reporter held up a microphone as he prepared for a live shot at a political event.
But a nearby woman did not appear to be having it.
“You spread fake news,” the woman, who wore a hat that appeared to bear President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, chanted in Gordon’s ear. “You should be ashamed of yourselves.”
The heckler held up a sign that included the phrases “FAKE BY OMISSION” and “NO COLLUSION” – the latter of which has been Trump’s frequent assertion amid the recently ended Russia investigation.
— Michael Gordon KVIA ABC-7 (@MichaelGordonTV) March 31, 2019
Gordon said he held “absolutely no ill towards the woman” from the incident.
The special counsel’s Russia investigation wrapped up last month, with the special counsel Robert Mueller submitting his final report to Attorney General William Barr, who released a now-public summary of the report to Congress.
In the summary, Barr said “Russian-affiliated individuals” had made “multiple offers” to “assist the Trump campaign” but Mueller’s investigation did not find Trump’s campaign culpable of illegally conspiring or coordinating with the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 election.
The full report has not yet been made public.
Trump and his surrogates have since increased their attacks against media outlets they say unfairly covered the investigation.
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