Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.) tore into a conservative reporter for daring to approach and ask a question about the Green New Deal.
The reporter is Henry Rodgers of The Daily Caller, who has made waves on social media recently by confronting Democratic politicians and asking them direct questions about newsworthy things they'd rather not talk about, like the Democratic scandals in Virginia, or late-term abortion bills.
Rodgers went up to Menendez while the senator was waiting for the train to get his thoughts on the Green New Deal, a controversial bill that he will be asked to vote on soon, and which some Democrats probably don't want to go on record about right now.
Menendez was not in the mood, clearly.
"I won't answer questions to the Daily Caller, period," Menendez said to Rodgers. "You're trash."
Rodgers asked why Menendez thought they were trash.
"Don't keep harassing me or I'll call Capitol Police," Menendez replied. "I said no."
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Francisco Pelayo, a communications staffer for Menendez, supported his boss's reaction.
"Nope, there's nothing to say to these folks," Pelayo tweeted. "They're not doing real reporting—they're here to do 'gotcha journalism' for Tucker Carlson."
Nope, there's nothing to say to these folks. They're not doing real reporting -- they're here to do 'gotcha journ… https://t.co/GQ7ol2UFRy— Francisco J. Pelayo (@Francisco J. Pelayo)1550096632.0
Julio Rosas of Mediaite and Townhall pointed out that Pelayo takes quite a different tone toward politicians attacking media when the political parties are reversed.
Guy who works communications for Senator Menendez is VERY concerned about attacks on the press when he's not busy a… https://t.co/XvOlZnv1mB— Julio Rosas (@Julio Rosas)1550107367.0
"#FreePress is not about getting positive stories," Pelayo wrote in August 2018. "Going after the press is a real political agenda."