Two people at the Republican National Convention were ejected from the convention after calling an African American camerawoman an “animal” and throwing peanuts at her. The camerawoman works for CNN.
The incident drew swift condemnation from the RNC, and was an embarrassing reminder of the racially charged campaign being run by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior,” said the convention in a statement. “Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”
The incident was first reported by David Shuster of Current TV, who tweeted about it from the floor of the convention. Police on hand at the convention said that the men said, “This is how we feed animals,” while throwing peanuts at the camerawoman.
It was not clear whether the people were delegates to the convention, or there in another capacity. Indeed, as Talking Points Memo noted, “remarkably few details about the particulars of the event have emerged.”
In a statement, CNN said, “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”
The incident came as the Romney campaign pushed a racially charged, patently false argument that President Barack Obama is trying to weaken work requirements for welfare recipients. Romney has struggled to win over African American voters; a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll gave Romney absolutely no support from African American voters.
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