As Pride Month enters into its second week, Iowans kicked off their annual Capital City Pride Fest in downtown Des Moines on Friday night. The Friday event was attended by Democratic Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, with more candidates scheduled to attend on Saturday afternoon.
Conservative reporter Kaitlin Bennett was in attendance to ask attendees if they think President Trump has helped the LGBT community. While conducting street interviews, dozens shouted profanities at Bennett and one woman physically assaulted her.
One man in attendance named Reid Chandler tweeted out a photo of Bennett, and urged his followers to run her over with a car, saying “we got a war to win.”
After Bennett reported Chandler’s tweet to Twitter Safety for violating their new terms of service, he responded by saying, “I would def run over you”.
Twitter’s new safety rules state the following: “You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. This includes wishing or hoping that someone experiences physical harm.” Chandler’s tweets about Bennett meet both criteria.
Chandler was formerly a reporter with Des Moines’ local NBC affiliate, WHOTV.