Washington, Oct 22: The supporters of US Republican nominee Dold Trump shoved and pushed jourlists, including an NDTV reporter, outside an event venue in Pennsylvania, calling them “liars” and threatening to “knock the mic down”, a media report said on Saturday. “I don’t want to talk to media, you are liars,” a supporter shouted at the NDTV reporter, “I will knock your mic down. Who the hell are you, whoever knows you,” he yelled. Subsequently the police intervened, NDTV reported.
Trump has taken anti-media attacks to a new level, accusing jourlists of being in cahoots with his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s campaign in a conspiracy to rig the election. In Pennsylvania, a key swing State in the US elections, Trump is trying to be the first Republican since 1988 to win the State which carries 20 electoral votes; 270 are needed to win. In August at a rally in Fairfield, Connecticut, Trump had said, “I am not running against Crooked Hillary Clinton, I’m running against the crooked media”.
He had stripped a long list of news organisations — including the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Politico and the Washington Post — of their credentials, and vowed that as the President he would make it easier to sue news outlets.
The business mogul’s campaign for the November 8 election has been scrambling to recover from the release of 2005 video in which he bragged about groping women and making unwanted sexual advances. Since then, many women have come forward with similar allegations. Clinton is leading Trump by 12 percentage points, according to a new tiol poll, up 8 points from a similar survey conducted last month. (IANS)