As originally reported via a tweet by David Schuster last night in Tampa at the Republican National Convention, a Black camerawoman with CNN was allegedly the subject of a racist taunt that led to the removal of two people from the convention hall.
Reportedly at least one of the attendees threw nuts at the Black camerawoman and said, “this Is how we feed animals.” The identities of the two individuals ejected are not known. It has not yet been reported if the two ejected were delegates or what their affiliations are. The identity of the camerawoman has also not yet been reported.
The incident occurred shortly before Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, took the stage to address the convention. Schuster, an Emmy Award winning journalist who has 45,000 followers on his twitter account, tweeted the following:
According to TPM, CNN released the following statement on the incident but gave few details: “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.”
It was also reported this morning that not just one but two attendees were removed from the convention hall after the incident. That information would appear to be confirmed by a statement by GOP convention spokesman Kyle Downey.
“Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated,” Downey is quoted in Politico as saying.
The third day of the RNC Convention is now likely to have two distractions: The above incident and a category one hurricane making landfall in Louisiana. Tonight Republican Vice Presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan will address the convention.
In a recent poll, Romney was demonstrated as attracted 0% of the Black vote.