Following a hectic Tuesday at the RNC, the GOP is now performing damage control after CNN confirmed in a statement
that someone did indeed throw peanuts at the network’s black camerawoman and said the disparaging remarks.
“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.”
Although the cable news outlet did not discuss the specificities with the online news organization, it did verify former MSNBC and Current anchor David Shuster’s Tweet
: “GOP attendee ejected for throwing nuts at African American CNN camera woman + saying ‘This is how we feed animals.”
The RNC later issued
a statement: “Yesterday two attendees exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”
It is still unclear if the alleged culprit was an attendee or a delegate. It also appears that the incident occurred prior to the evening’s two main speeches from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ann Romney, the Republican nominee’s wife.
Officials have not publicly commented on the event as of yet.
This isn’t the only incident that caused a stir during the RNC on Tuesday. When Speaker of the House John Boehner went up on stage and began to declare rules that would make it even more difficult for non-mainstream politicians to enter a political race, he received a chorus of boos
from supporters of retiring Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
Furthermore, Maine’s delegation walked out early in the day after it was reported
that only half of the delegates would be seated.