President Donald Trump's campaign rally cry celebrating MSNBC's Ali Velshi getting hit with a police rubber pellet has MSNBC striking back with a public rebuke the president "endangers" journalists with his rhetoric.
MSNBC tweeted a statement Saturday:
"Freedom of the press is a pillar of our democracy. When the president mocks a journalist for the injury he sustained while putting himself in harm's way to inform the public, he endangers thousands of other journalists and undermines our freedoms."
Velshi had also rejected Trump's rally remarks via tweet:
"So, @realDonaldTrump, you call my getting hit by authorities in Minneapolis on 5/30/20 (by a rubber bullet, btw, not a tear gas cannister) a 'beautiful thing' called 'law and order.' What law did I break while covering an entirely peaceful (yes, entirely peaceful) march?"
The reporter and his employer were responding to Trump's Minnesota campaign rally comments Saturday:
"I remember this guy Velshi. He got hit in the knee with a canister of tear gas, and he went down. He was down. 'My knee. My knee.' Nobody cared. These guys didn't care. They moved him aside.
"And they just walked right through. It was the most beautiful thing. After we take all that crap for weeks and weeks, and you finally see men get up there and go right through them, wasn't it really a beautiful sight? It's called law and order."
A Trump campaign official defended the president in a statement to The Hill:
'Anybody who was watching knows the president was calling the restoration of peace 'a beautiful thing. This was first distorted by CNN, which described arson-plagued riots as 'fiery but mostly peaceful,' so misrepresenting what people can see for themselves is par for the course."
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