Two people removed from RNC after taunting black camera operator
August 29th, 2012
07:58 AM ET
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Two people removed from RNC after taunting black camera operator

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals.”

Multiple witnesses observed the exchange and RNC security and police immediately removed the two people from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The convention released a statement saying, “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated."

CNN also acknowledged the incident, saying, "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 convention began its first full session on Tuesday after being delayed a day by what was then Tropical Storm Isaac. It continues through Thursday when Mitt Romney is expected to accept the party’s nomination as its presidential candidate.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Convention
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    When you hear us say republicans don't like black people, here's your proof. I'm not saying all of them do, but there is a huge swath of them that do. I expect nothing less when you have a convention spewing hate.

    August 29, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  2. CNN Fan

    This showed how GOP members are racists...and look down on middle-class and working people...not all of GOP..but their policy are the main issue to divide Americans...poor GOP leadership...we are Americans and we must be united ...wake up Americans...

    August 29, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  3. EX Republican

    I heard this morning on the radio they threw peanuts and call her a monkey and told this we do to monkey.
    Republican are racist people and I hope the world see this.. I heard it was more then 2 people threw peanuts at her.
    Obama/Biden you have my vote

    August 29, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  4. Are you kidding me?

    Not surprised. This is the GOP platform when you strip away the glossy exterior.

    August 29, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  5. Andrea Sharp

    You need to put their names and pictures on CNN. Public embarrassment for those who want to act like fools. Obviously they want the publicity. I bet they were GodFearing CHrisians.

    August 29, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  6. jim in indy

    Doesnt surprise me at all. If Hitler was alive today, he would be a republican.

    August 29, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Excellent display of the high levels of maturity we come to expect from Republican party supporters.

    August 29, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  8. Trickle down doesn't work

    As someone else said....Not all Republicans are racists but the majority of racists are Republican

    August 29, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  9. That Guy

    This is exactly what is wrong with this party. They shelter people like this. The GOP hasn't changed since the days of Jim Crow.

    August 29, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  10. Oguntuyi Jones

    This is intoleratable,how long will this continue??

    August 29, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  11. Hey, Mittens got anymore of those 100K jobs at Bain for doing nothing? 'Call Me, Maybe?'

    Sounds like some White Supremacists from the GOP base, were "just being boys"!

    August 29, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  12. Welfare Mittens

    Didn't take long for the GOP bigotry to rear its ugly head!

    August 29, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  13. Independent Voter

    Nothing ever changes. Most White American Republicans feel they are privileged by skin color and would probably do almost anything to have the Republican party rollback the clock to the Jim Crow era.

    August 29, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  14. Debra from Atlanta

    This is how the whole party feel about African American People. This is sad that white people act in this manner. Mitt Romney is the head of this racist party, with his welfare ad and birther comment.

    August 29, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  15. DJ

    I wonder if these two people were political plants?? Why else would they take the risk of doing something so deplorable to someone who could clearly put it on camera??

    August 29, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    When November comes Obama and Middle Class win landslide!!! Amen.

    August 29, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  17. Lawnsausage

    This is the type of high value citizens the GOP attracts. Bravo.

    August 29, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  18. 1twinsfan

    "This kind of behavior will not be tolerated." - This kind of behavior is your party's platform.

    August 29, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  19. Goinginwithaopenmind

    Any other stories about the convention has so many comments but this story has none......things that make you go hmmm

    August 29, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  20. LeRoy

    Now who really are the animals?

    August 29, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  21. Joe

    Is this how we treat cains seed?

    August 29, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  22. Tom

    It's just the id of the Republican Party expressing itself.

    August 29, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  23. proudmemberofglobalzero

    I am very sorry to hear this happened. I was also sorry to hear of the response the Republican Representative from Puerto Rico got. Our Country still has a long way to go. I didn;t watch much of the convention. My TV and thoughts were on TWC and Iaasac. Just got our power on in Delray Beach Florida. I know the days to come for those on the Gulf Coast will be hard. Really worried about the Levee breach.

    August 29, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  24. Big Jilm

    So, Gingrich and Rick Perry were asked to leave, finally?

    August 29, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  25. notspot

    Now, now GOP...Wait until after the election to show your true colors.

    August 29, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
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