The MSNBC field reporter, who has been following the Trump campaign from the beginning and frequently reports in live, is Katy Tur. She's bright, informed, and articulate. I always look forward to her reporting in from the field.
Katy herself made news today, because Donald Trump retaliated against her, turning his rally crowd against her. He didn't like what she has written about him, so he pointed her out to his crowd, saying: “What a lie. Katy Tur. What a lie it was. Third. Rate. Reporter. Remember that.”
Hullabaloo's "digby" reported watching this on TV:
"The crowd of Trump supporters turned so fiercely against Katy Tur that she says the Secret Service had to protect her while she was walking to her car, simply to keep her safe. She’s referring to it as an “extraordinary step.” The agents are specifically tasked with protecting people such as Presidential nominees, and it is in fact rare that they would feel compelled to protect a reporter due to the unsafe situation she’d been placed in by the candidate they’re protecting. . . .OK. If digby is right and he's doing this intentionally, is it only that he's trying to intimidate people from speaking out against him? Or can't help himself? Or could there be a deeper, and even more disturbing, motive? Like distracting everyone from asking probing questions about his connections to Putin and the Russian oligarchs?
"[Trump] knows very well what he's doing. He's intimidating people, especially women, into going easy on him by threatening to sic his violent cretins on them. There was no other reason to publicly name her."
More about this later.