Someone pushed a Breitbart reporter in a sea of people after Donald Trump left a press conference on Wednesday night, She said she wanted to ask him a question. She has bruises on her arm.
Since this involves Trump there is outrage -- indignity -- demands for apology -- cries of incivility -- on Twitter and the blogs. Fine. Do your thing. I get that people oppose the nomination of Trump. But remember security is important, for two reasons.
Bobby Kennedy and George Wallace.
Security around a president is serious business. In my lifetime there have been one assassination (Jack Kennedy) and three attempts (two on Jerry Ford, and one on Ronald Reagan).
There also has been the assassination of Bobby Kennedy on June 5, 1968, just after he carried California and secured the Democratic presidential nomination, and the attempt that left George Wallace paralyzed on January 13, 1972, in his campaign for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party.
To anyone under 50, these events are history. To the rest of us, they were breaking news.
Hate Trump all you want. I do not care. But there was a reason she was pushed. Likely the man who shoved her did not recognize her as a reporter, but as a person getting too close.
I have no idea what happened. Videos are open to interpretation. Police are investigating. I trust they will come to some conclusion in a few days, weeks, or months.
Reporters -- and bloggers -- have complained about being roped off at Hlllary events and on other occasions. Close crowds are the worst security risk. With the exception of JFK where a trained sniper killed him, the five other assassination attempts were in crowds close to the candidate or president.
If they tell you to back off, guess what?