A number of reports out of the Republican National Convention last night indicate that two attendees were kicked out for throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman, saying: "this is how we feed animals."
The left-leaning Talking Points Memo added:
The CNN official declined to confirm specific details of the incident to TPM but generally confirmed an account posted on Twitter by former MSNBC and Current anchor David Shuster: “GOP attendee ejected for throwing nuts at African American CNN camera woman + saying ‘This is how we feed animals.’”
In a written statement, CNN addressed the matter but divulged few details: “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.”
Here is the original tweet from former MSNBC anchor and now-Current TV anchor David Shuster:
GOP convention spokesman Kyle Downey confirmed for Politico: "Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated."
Politico also adds that while the actions certainly do not speak for the Republican Party, it can't help the impression among many African-Americans that Republicans are old, white racists.
"A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 94 percent of African Americans surveyed supported President Obama, versus 0 percent -- yes, zero percent -- who supported Mitt Romney," Politico recalled.
However, it should be noted that while the inexcusable event was occurring, a new star was born at the Republican National Convention-- black Utah mayor Mia Love.
Reuters summarized some of the adjectives used to describe the woman: "Rock star. Novelty. Myth-buster. Surprise."