Two months ago, conservative reporter Kaitlin Bennett attended a Bernie Sanders town hall in Lordstown, Ohio. The event was open to the public and hosted at a public school, meaning Bennett’s presence was protected under the first amendment.
Bennett’s video getting kicked out of the Sanders rally went viral on social media, receiving more than 24 million views on Twitter.
I am a conservative journalist and was just ejected from a @BernieSanders rally for expressing my 1st amendment. I was just sitting there and was told I had to leave, with no reason given except that his campaign didn’t want me there. THIS is actual fascism. pic.twitter.com/iyaMwAHMMU— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) April 14, 2019
After refusing to answer a single media outlet about why they kicked Bennett out of the rally, the Sanders campaign provided the following statement in all caps, in which they called Bennett and InfoWars white supremacists.
“WE ARE DISAPPOINTED THE PEOPLE OF THE YOUNGSTOWN COMMUNITY ARE BEING SHOWN ON THE LOCAL BROADCAST NEWS CONTENT FROM INFOWARS, A WHITE SUPREMACIST PLATFORM THAT HAS BEEN BANNED FROM YOUTUBE, APPLE AND FACEBOOK FOR HATE SPEECH AND TARGETING THE PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO DIED IN SANDY HOOK.”
Yesterday I was kicked out of a @BernieSanders rally for no reason, and today his campaign is calling me a white supremacist, a label they KNOW incites violence. This man CANNOT become President. He hates the free press and will defame conservatives who disagree with his ideas. pic.twitter.com/R5uL8OnTvU— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) April 15, 2019
This morning, Bennett and Sanders came face-to-face in Des Moines, Iowa. Sanders and numerous other Democratic presidential candidates were in town speaking at the Capital City Pride Fest.
Bennett and Sanders shook hands as he approached the crowd, and she proceeded to ask the Vermont Senator why he kicked her out of his rally. After realizing who Bennett was, Sanders’ face dropped, and he pretended like she wasn’t there.
Sanders campaign staffers quickly jumped in to push Bennett out of the way. After an African-American man in a suit attempted to get in front of her, a man in sunglasses and a baseball hat swooped in to put his hands all over Bennett. The man grabbed Bennett by the arms and pushed her away, and continued to place his hands on her as she repeatedly said, “Don’t touch me!”
He proceeded to follow Bennett and hover over her, saying “You didn’t like me touching you, you don’t like people in your personal space. You got in his personal space. Don’t do it again.”
Watch the footage below:
Two months ago @BernieSanders kicked me out of his public rally for being a conservative journalist. Today I asked him why, and his campaign staff put their hands all over me. Bernie hates the free press and this is proof. #MeToo pic.twitter.com/ikeWnST5LS— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) June 8, 2019
One day before running into Bernie at Capital City Pride Fest, Bennett was shoved and spat on by rally goers, and a former NBC reporter threatened to run her over with his car. Watch below.