News & Politics

Trump Campaign Continues Heavy-Handed Approach to Critical Media

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This is just getting creepy.

Donald Trump’s campaign blocked a Politico reporter from attending the candidate’s victory rally on Tuesday night, continuing a troubling trend of denying access to reporters who write critically about Trump and his campaign.

Ben Schreckinger, who has been covering Trump for more than six months, was denied access to Tuesday night’s “press conference” — Trump did not actually take any questions — despite the fact that the campaign had already given press credentials.

In blocking Schreckinger, the Trump campaign appears to have been following through on a threat it made last week to exclude Politico reporters from campaign events because it did not approve of their coverage.

Schreckinger and his colleagues also reported Tuesday morning that Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski — who was recently accused of assaulting a female reporter — had a “quick temper and heavy-handed leadership,” which was becoming a source of concern among fellow Trump staffers.

In a statement to CNNMoney, Trump called Schreckinger “a dishonest, third-rate reporter with a failing outlet that will soon be out of business, hopefully.”

Of all the seemingly impossible things this mercurial Trump candidacy has accomplished, the biggest may be that he’s actually making me feel sympathy for members of the MSM.

This also gets to my most serious reservation regarding Trump: his unchecked ego will almost certainly be a nightmare if given the power of the executive branch. We’ve long lamented how thin-skinned the current occupant of the Oval Office is and Trump seems even pettier and more vindictive. This guy will start shredding aspects of the First Amendment during his transition if elected.

His shtick about every entity he clashes with “failing” is getting old in a hurry, yet makes me wonder if he will use his power to make things like that come true if elected.

I’d rather not find out.