Donald Trump’s campaign event at his new Washington, D.C., hotel Friday was widely panned by a fuming press as a bait-and-switch event. What was initially reported as an opportunity to clear up his previous statements that President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S., turned into an advertisement for his hotel. Trump finally did address the so-called “birther” conspiracy theory during the last 30 seconds of the event, where he proclaimed Obama was, in fact, born on American soil.
But, it was what you did not see that’s now making news.
Reporters resorted to standing on chairs in an attempt to shout questions at the Republican presidential nominee, who did not take questions following his remarks.
At the end of the event, Trump took the pool cameras on a tour of his new hotel, but did not take the reporters.
Pool cameras shoot video of events and other campaign functions to distribute to other networks and news outlets. The pool producer who would have walked with the videographers reported that she was physically blocked from proceeding on the tour, while other journalists were locked in the hotel’s ballroom.
Once the members of the news media realized what was going on, the pool videographers promptly erased all of the footage of the new hotel.
While the press was kept inside the ballroom, in an odd twist, the stage Trump and military veterans had just used for the event collapsed, taking the curtain down with it.
It was caught live on MSNBC.
“And, the stage is falling apart behind us,” NBC’s Katy Tur reported before resuming her live update on the campaign.
You really can’t make this stuff up.