Donald Trump's campaign caused a scandal when news broke that white nationalist radio host James Edwards was given press credentials at a Trump rally in Memphis. They quickly eased things over by saying that they were happy to provide credentials to any and every reporter who asked for them. Now it appears that that is not true, according to a local Black newspaper.
The Tri-Sate Defender's executive director Karanju Ajanku told The Wrap that reporters sent two requests to be credentialed and received no response. "We went out two email requests," Ajanaku said. "The first email was sent on the Monday before the event, but we never heard back. The second email was sent on Thursday. They never even acknowledged our emails." Ajanaku added that the magazine has regularly covered past campaigns, and had no trouble getting press credentials for Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson events that had taken place in Memphis.
With this information coming to light, it seems that the Trump campaign has a much more stringent list of qualifications that warrants press credentials. Apparently being a white supremacist grants you access, while being a respected, local, Black magazine — or, in fact, a Black person — either doesn't warrant a response or gets you forcibly removed.
Twice this week there have been reports of Black protesters, and bystanders, being forced out of Trump events either by Secret Service or Trump's racist supporters. The first occasion was in Georgia when 30 Black students were removed after Trump instructed his Secret Service agents to do so. Then, on Wednesday, a young woman named Shiya Nwanguma was violently removed by a number of white supremacist Trump supporters.
It seems Trump will continue to run his racist and hateful campaign, but those who oppose him will not go away quietly. Recently at a Trump rally in Virginia, a huge group of Black Lives Matter protesters disrupted the event by making their voices heard:
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