RNC Attendees Assault Black Camerawoman

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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Michael M.
Michael M.4 years ago

What did you expect from repukes? Bigotry and being an a$$hole are core values of being a repuke/t-bagger.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle4 years ago

The depths to which repubs publicly demonstrate racist feelings, is surprising every time it happens. The Convention denounced it, but racism runs rampant in the repub white party, so of course it comes out without thought.

Lee Witton
4 years ago

Affirmative action repeatedly sought to preserve by Dems, and the many within the Democratic party have proposed an increase of the minimum wage of 10.00 an hour which would not only stimulate the economy, but help poorer workers develop some financial stability and lift much of the pressure and stress the endure just trying to make ends meet. 10.00 is not a lot but it is to those who are making 7.25 an hour.
Romney was a corporate raider and after having gone in and buying up companies, fired the employees and then sold off company assets which included 401k's and retirement packages. He has effectively ruined the lives of many who were close to retirement and who now must look forward to working until they physically or emotionally can no longer endure, or until they drop dead. Pick your option! He has out-sourced jobs, hidden away millions in Swiss bank accounts, refuses to show his taxes, scoffs at the middle class and poor as well as blacks in the country, lives in his 'celestial mansion' on the sea with elevators for his multitudes of cars, has trusted a 100 million dollars to his five sons (which by the way, is also speculated he has claimed assets trusted are worth only 1 million to avoid paying the capital gains taxes), and his wife has no qualms wearing 1,000 dollar tea-shirts. He is not only out of touch, but he and Ryan are criminals. You come here trying to claim you care about the state of affairs in this country? And I laugh!

Lee Witton
4 years ago

JMarie F - You may have been surprised but that's what differentiates a good business person with one who is not prepared. You plan carefully for when times are tough and many good, small business men and women have stayed in business and been able to weather the financial storms because of the good will and loyal clientele they have built. When exactly do you believe this recession started JMarie? Do you realize Bush borrowed 5 trillion dollars launching this country into a huge economic fiasco. Reagan borrowed more money during his presidency than every president from Washington to Carter; COMBINED. And daddy Bush borrowed 3 trillion. Bush gave Wall Street the first 720 billion of the stimulus money as he was exiting the White House. 800,000 jobs were being lost PER MONTH in the final countdown of Dubya's unfortunate occupancy of the White House. Obama has been able to stop that bleeding, break even and then start adding jobs every month after the break even point occurred. His stimulus package has allowed middle class Americans like myself to get a refund every year he's been in office which I saw none of when Bush was in the White House. I know there are black Republicans but relative few when you look at the registered voters pool. I've always been mystified why black Americans, gays, lesbians, poor, disabled, etc., ever vote Republican because increasing the minimum wage has been fought for repeatedly by Democrats and increases fought against by Republicans. Fact! Affir

Matt L.4 years ago

Lol Michael, sounds like the gospel of the Koch brothers

Laurie Greenberg
Laurie Greenberg4 years ago

People behaving badly at a convention- what a shocker!

Michael G.
Michael T.4 years ago

It makes one wonder which of any of the statements a poster on Care2 makes about who they are, what they do are actually true? Go to a dating site to see what kinds of lies people will tell about themselves so as to appear attractive, and believable.

Michael G.
Michael T.4 years ago


It makes me wonder how a business exec has so much time on their hands as to post all day long on Care2. One wonders what kind of perks there are to a CEO, or business owner who can sit back and spend so much time on a social network promoting corporatism especially a social network devoted to caring.

Michael G.
Michael T.4 years ago

4. The disciples were astonished by this teaching. “But Lord,” said Thomas. “The crowd will surely go hungry.” Jesus was amazed at his hard-headedness. “That’s not my problem, Thomas. Better that their stomachs are empty than they become overly dependent on someone in authority to provide loaves and fishes for them on a regular basis. Where will it end? Will I have to feed them everyday?” “No, Lord,” said Thomas, “Just today. When they are without food. After they have eaten their fill, they will be healthy, and so better able to listen to your word and learn from you.” Jesus was grieved at Thomas’s answer. Jesus answered, “It is written: There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” So taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and took one loaf and one fish for himself, and gave the rest to the twelve, based on their previously agreed-upon contractual per diem. But he distributed none to the crowd, because they needed to be taught a lesson. So Jesus ate and he was satisfied. The disciples somewhat less so. “Delicious,” said Jesus. What was left over was gathered up and saved for Jesus, should he grow hungry in a few hours. The very poorly prepared crowd soon dispersed.

Michael G.
Michael T.4 years ago

MD L your inability to comprehend assertions made about the GOP stem from your lack of information. Had you read the following passages from the GOP Book of Jayzus you would better understand.

Tea Party Jesus and The Very Poorly Prepared Crowd

The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place.” 2 But Jesus said to them, “Why not give them something to eat?” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” 3 For there were about five thousand men. And Jesus said to his disciples, “You know what? You’re right. Don’t waste your time and shekels. It would be positively immoral for you to spend any of your hard-earned money for these people. They knew full well that they were coming to a deserted place, and should have relied on themselves and brought more food. As far as I’m concerned, it’s every five thousand men for themselves.”