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
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Tevent

    But racism doesn't exist anymore right?

    August 29, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Ugh

    Stay classy RNC, stay classy!

    August 29, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. John

    So, essentially, CNN finally – belatedly and oh-so-quietly acknowledges this hateful incident.

    Am I supposed to be impressed?

    August 29, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. v_mag

    When the tightie righties get together, they feel they can let their hair down. They can be themselves. The trouble is, "themselves" is unacceptable in America, and so you get racist incidents like this reported. The Repugnant Party has gone so far off the rails that large segments of it are totally beyond the fringes of what it means to be American. There's a lot of room for dissent and disagreement in this country, but we settled equality a long time ago. Nazi-ism is un-American.

    August 29, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. doro

    I'm fascinated by the extent to which CNN is going to protect–not its own camerawoman, who was subjected to this racist nonsense–but the Republican Party, for proving that Chris Matthews was right. You've muted and minimized the assault on your own employee and hung her out to dry, and why? to prevent people from connecting the dots about just exactly what the last four years of GOP race-baiting has wrought. Shame.

    August 29, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. skane2005

    Shocking that this would happen at the RNC.

    August 29, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. dbo

    Deplorable behavior by those radicals. Sadly not surprised and I don't understand how any minority group can support the Republican Party these days.

    August 29, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. bob

    Disgusting but sadly typical of a large section of the GOP

    August 29, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. patNY

    At least those two republicans were a bit more direct with their racism...more so than Willard's use of code words of racism.

    August 29, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Anonymous

    It appears that the secret after mid-night deep back woods cross burning ceremony has made it's way out of the cover of darkness and into the light of prime time mainstream America, that allows the nation to see without the burning torches and hoods what has been hiding beneath the white sheets all this time. It's their hatred for minorities, mysogynist views of women, lack of compassion for the elderly, the young, and the sick, and, religious hypocrisy. This is the Republican Party!

    August 29, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. CLK

    No outrage CNN? Do your reporters and staff merit so little respect? This wasn't an incidence of someone wearing blue shoes with an orange dress and everyone snickering. This was a hateful act, how about a little outrage in defense of someone who was trying to do their job for you as an organization? This is not a time to sit on the fence biting your nails.

    August 29, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. Brooke

    Wild, these people are evil. Take in one of the reason why they can not get in the white house.

    August 29, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. M

    Two things the Tea Party doesn't like. They hate being called racists and they hate black people – Bill Maher.

    August 29, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. Greg

    Are there any other reasons not to elect a Republican? So much for being a party inclusion!

    August 29, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  15. GonzoinHouston

    Oh, lovely, a racist attack directed at someone from the news media! That'll buy you a lot of good press. Wonder what delegation they were from?

    August 29, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. chilly g

    about thirty three(33) percent of the republicans feel this way about minorites and they want to be leaders. all i
    can said about them is hate,hate and more hate.but one day they will have to answer to god.

    August 29, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. Melvin

    Wow. Stay classy Republicans...

    August 29, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. iluvbears

    This is what the Republican party now represents – racism, hatred, sexism, misogyny, Plutocracy, Corporatocracy, kicking the less fortunate when they are down, insane misinterpreted Christianity, war-mongering, etc. And to think that they still have a chance to win the presidency is unbelievable.

    August 29, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  19. Lip Service - nothing more

    I will bet anything that the two bigots, called the security team that removed them from the floor "libs", "socialists", "lefties" etc...And let's not mention the names they probably called the female camera operator.

    August 29, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Lip Service - nothing more

    Did the Koch brothers approved of this? Just asking.

    August 29, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. dorn

    Just about the only storyline that has gotten NO POSTS!! How sad. This article shows the true face of the "NEW" Republican Party. Racisist – Narrow-minded-Hateful , thats the wave of the future if we elect the party of NO!

    August 29, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. FSimmons

    Though it could easily feed into a narrative about race and party, I hope this story will not be exploited for that. There are more important differences to talk about.

    August 29, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. Gary Hurd

    I conclude that CNN is afraid to publish the entire event and embarrass their GOP masters.

    August 29, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. Sheon1

    The RNC shows their true colors, the hate for people that are not them! Not their race, not their religion, or anything different from what they see in the mirror. I can't support this this type of madness! Can you?

    August 29, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. DJay63

    This is was expected, in light of the negative adds lying about Obama giving free welfare checks to African Americans. The repubicans should be ashamed of themselves for stirring this up.

    August 29, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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