“Eventually they put me into the back of this police van along with the man that was bloodied and another gentleman. “And we are in pitch black, in essence. I was in handcuffs for you know maybe an hour before the police van took me to the station processed me, they cuffed me again at the station and where the police officers told me I was charged with resisting arrest,” Deb said.
Deb, who has been covering Trump’s presidential campaign from his announcement in New York last year, said there have been protests going on in his rallies for months and months and months.
“However, there has definitely been a recent uptick,” he said.
White House Condemns Violence The White House condemned the violence against Deb. “We condemn any violence that’s perpetrated against a professional journalist who’s just trying to cover a political event,” the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters. “Obviously, the kind of situation that erupted at this rally was rather chaotic. I don’t have any specific information about the actions of local law enforcement and steps that they took to try to restore order, but obviously we condemn any violence that’s perpetrated against a professional journalist who’s just trying to cover a political event,” he said.
“And that’s why the willingness of Trump to direct so much antagonism and invective at independent journalists is totally inappropriate and totally worthy of condemnation on the part of Democrats and Republicans,” he said. “For Trump just to use independent journalists who are just trying to do their job as a ploy to further incite the crowd is deeply disturbing,” Earnest said.