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This Image of Trump Volunteer Angers Journalists

Man is seen blocking camera of photographer trying to capture image of protester
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 31, 2018 9:30 AM CDT
A volunteer member of the advance team for President Trump blocks a camera as a photojournalist attempts to take a photo of a protester during a campaign rally at the Ford Center, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018,...   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – A volunteer member of the advance team for President Trump blocked a photojournalist's camera as he tried to take a photo of a protester during a campaign rally in Indiana, per the AP. A photo taken by Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci on Thursday in Evansville shows the volunteer stretching out his hand over the lens of a news photographer's camera after a protester disrupted Trump's campaign event. Trump paused his speech as the protester was escorted out. The president's campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the blocked photograph late Thursday.

The image went viral when posted online, reports SFGate, with journalists in particular taking exception to the idea of the Trump team blocking media access in such a way. "This is crossing a line," tweeted Gregory Korte of USA Today. MSNBC's Kasie Hunt went further, echoing a familiar line of the president's in her tweet: ""ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE: Trump staffer physically blocks you from seeing what is really going on. Stunning." The president was in town to stump for Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, who is looking to unseat Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in what is viewed as one of the nation's most competitive Senate races.

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