Donald Trump and his campaign have denied media access to certain members of the media throughout his campaign. Reports continue to emerge that Trump has continued to blacklist certain media members and deny their credentials after becoming the official Republican nominee last week.
Jose DelReal, a reporter for the Washington Post, was turned away on Thursday during an attempt to attend a rally with Mike Pence, Trump’s Vice Presidential nominee. DelReal was turned away as a member of the media and was told he would not be allowed to enter as a member of the public with his cellphone or laptop. The reason given to DelReal was that he was denied access because he is a Washington Post reporter.
DelReal placed his laptop and cellphone in his car and returned. The reporter was patted down by two sheriff’s deputies to ensure that he did not have his cellphone or a recording device present. The security person continued to deny access to the reporter, stating, “I don’t want you here. You have to go.”
Official statements from Mike Pence and his officials state that the incident doesn’t reflect their policy. The matter is being looking into by Pence officials.
Trump has blacklisted certain members of the media since he began his campaign.