With CNN correspondent Jim Acosta finding himself the target of verbal assaults at the hands of Trump supporters at Tuesday’s Tampa rally and the president continuing his media attacks during his Thursday rally, MSNBC’s Katy Tur recounted the amount of harassment she has endured from the president’s fans. And she pointed out that it goes beyond just taunts and heckling.
“Yeah, we get it. you don’t like us,” Tur noted Friday afternoon after playing a clip of Trump crapping on the press. “Fine. But do you have to put our lives in danger? The president continues to call the press the enemy of the people even after four journalists and one sales assistant were shot dead in a Maryland newsroom by a man who was angry with what they factually reported about him.”
Highlighting Ivanka Trump’s split from her dad on labeling the press the “enemy of the people,” Tur went on state that she was glad someone from the administration said this out loud but it seemed that the president just doesn’t care. She then discussed the continued threats she’s received since covering Trump on the campaign trail.
“Sadly, the harassment and threats are not stopping,” Tur explained. “Journalists get them every day. We have been getting them since the campaign when then-candidate Trump urged the crowd to yell and scream at us. But what you saw and still see on TV, those boos and taunts, are only part of it.”
The MSNBC personality added, “What you do not see are the nasty letters or packages or emails, the threats of physical violence. I hope you get raped and killed, one person wrote to me just this week. Raped and killed. Not just me, but a couple of my female colleagues as well.”
And just in case anyone wanted to argue that this wasn’t related to the president’s anti-media rhetoric, Tur emphasized that her most recent hate note ended with “MAGA.”
Turn ended the segment by imploring those in the administration that care about the safety of reporters to approach Trump and say something “before it’s too late.” Notably, she excluded White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders because the spokesperson “made it clear” where she stands when she defended Trump’s “enemy of the people” attacks.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.