Bernie Sanders' Staff Gets Rough With the Press at Iowa State Fair, Pushes Female Reporter

Bernie Sanders by Gage Skidmore, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Original

Bernie Sanders by Gage Skidmore, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Original

The staff and security for Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders got a little overzealous in their jobs while the Vermont 2020 candidate attended the Iowa state fair over the weekend.


According to the Washington Examiner, members of the press were doing what the press does and jockeying for position to get the best picture or spot to ask the Senator a question. In reaction, his security and staff began manhandling the press, shoving and grabbing them as they went:

The confrontation erupted after members of the campaign relentlessly pushed the local journalists to make room for Sanders as he made his way to various attractions at the fair on Sunday.

The press pool erupted in chaos as Sanders left the campaign event, which was hosted by the Des Moines Register.

“Do not put your hands on me. You keep pushing me,” the female photographer yelled at the staffer.

Another journalist asked if a different female reporter was okay after she was pushed by Sanders’ campaign workers many times.

Security for the event, as well as members of Sanders’ campaign, repeatedly grabbed and shoved members of the press. One staffer for the Des Moines Register pushed a gate into a reporter for the Washington Examiner after telling him that “not all press” would be allowed to follow Sanders around.


While I can understand that the press can be aggressive themselves, especially to the point of being dangerous, two wrongs don’t make a right, especially when it comes to shoving around female members of the press.

According to the Daily Wire, despite the fact that the physicality was great enough to warrant complaints within the press office, the Des Moines Register, the outlet covering the event, didn’t mention the dust-up between staffers and reporters. In fact, few mainstream press outlets appear to be doing so, at least at the time of this writing.


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