A man attending the Orlando rally was arrested after a film shot by an Orlando Sentinel reporter showed security guards at the place where the rally was to be held telling him backpacks and beer could not be brought into the location. The man, who was found to be intoxicated, then went up to Michael Williams, a reporter for the Sentinel, and smacked his hand for filming the skirmish. A Florida Congressman, Republican Rep. Anthony Sabatini, a frequent critic of the paper, later tweeted “MAGA” in response to a tweet about the incident.
The Sentinel issued a statement saying, "We are fortunate Michael was not hurt, grateful to the Orlando police for their quick action, and proud of all our reporters for their courage and dedication to our community,” the statement read.
Violence against journalists is disgraceful. The man should have been arrested. As for the Congressman, hopefully his next election will see him have to leave office.