On an incident caught on a hot microphone, journalists were heard making inappropriate jokes about the possibility of former President Donald Trump being assassinated, a conversation that took place at an appeals court. The specific comment that sparked controversy was a journalist’s remark, “I mean, if he’s driving, we’ve got a good shot!” This incident has not only raised questions about the behavior and professionalism of journalists, but also highlighted the lack of respect for discussing violence against a public figure, regardless of political affiliation.
The two journalists also seemed frustrated and they were complaining about how difficult it was to catch a glimpse of the 77-year-old Republican 2024 front-runner while their news cameras were positioned outside the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse.
“You know what the worst part is? Even if he has his window open and he’s hanging out of it, he will be on the other side of the street,” one person could be heard saying on the live feed from the Associated Press.
“I mean, if he’s driving, we’ve got a good shot,” the second journalist said, to which the first replied: “Yeah, if he’s driving with the front window open.”
As the conversation between the two men continued, the discussion then descended into jokes regarding Trump’s arrival in an open-top vehicle similar to the one that President John F. Kennedy was traveling on November 22nd, 1963, when he was assassinated in Dallas.
“Yeah, or if it’s a convertible,” the second person said.
“Yeah, I wasn’t thinking about that,” replied the first.
“Yeah, like if he just pulls up —” the second started to say before the first interjected and asked: “Like JFK?”
“Maybe someone, just like they told JFK, ‘You know what you should do? You should take a convertible! It’s so nice out,’” the press worker continued, receiving laughter from the other journalist.
The footage also shows police officers standing just a few feet away from the journalists, but it is unclear whether they had heard their remarks.
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