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'Great People': Trump Hails Maskless Protesters Who Bullied And Insulted Reporter

"People can't get enough of this," the president gleefully tweeted.

President Donald Trump on Saturday doubled down on his support of maskless anti-lockdown protesters who insulted and bullied a reporter covering their demonstration in Long Island, New York. This time, Trump hailed the protesters as “great people,” noting: “People can’t get enough of this.”

The previous day Trump blasted the report of the confrontation as “fake news” — even though it was on video.

News 12 Long Island journalist Kevin Vesey reported on the demonstration against COVID-19 safety measures in Commack on Thursday. Video captured protesters yelling at Vesey and insulting him. One man without a mask deliberately advanced on Vesey, who pleaded with him to back off.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against gathering in crowds, and urges wearing a mask in such situations, and maintaining 6 feet of social distance.

Vesey, who recently recovered from COVID-19, called the level of anger against him “alarming.” 

Vesey posted another video of the unidentified maskless man who advanced on him. “I was insulted, I was berated. I was practically chased by people who refused to wear masks in the middle of a pandemic,” he tweeted.

Twitter critics slammed Trump’s response to those intimidating the reporter and ignoring CDC guidelines.


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