The stage for a Donald Trump event held Friday morning in Washington, D.C. collapsed live on air behind MSNBC’s Katy Tur nearly immediately after the event concluded.
Tur was discussing the back and forth between Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee and front-runner for the presidency Hillary Clinton over when the respective candidates would release their medical records when shouts broke her focus on the camera.
Those shouts were because the stage was collapsing, dramatically throwing the colossal black drapes backdrop across the room. After a brief moment of watching the comical spectacle, Tur returned her focus on the camera with an “um, anyway…”.
The stage collapse was a fitting end to an already hotly controversial event. Friday morning saw a long touted Trump “press conference” quickly turn into a joke as the press was not allowed to ask questions of the candidate.
Instead, Trump spent an absurdly short amount of time “debunking” the “birther” conspiracy theory which he had first explicitly and then implicitly peddled for years and years on end. The presidential candidate asserted to those in attendance that “President Obama was born in the United States. Period,” after which he stormed off into a tour of his new hotel.
As Tur noted Thursday night, before Friday’s joke of an event, Trump had never gone on record acknowledging that the soon-to-be-former president was born in the United States in all the years since he first touted the assumption that Obama was born outside of the United States.
Note Trump himself has never told a reporter on the record that Obama was born here. This is a campaign statement. https://t.co/XEOovQpZZ2
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) September 16, 2016
Tur has reported on the Trump campaign for over a year.
Late last year, she had to be temporarily placed under Secret Service protection after the disgrace of a presidential candidate incited a crowd against her in response to an unfavorable piece of coverage from the day before.
The reporter had tweeted the day prior that the presidential primary candidate had left the stage “abruptly” after being confronted by protesters — protesters who are still nearly regular features of Trump rallies months later.
Check out the video of Friday morning’s stage collapse below via Twitter.
— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) September 16, 2016
Lots of folks would have probably liked it better if Trump had still been on the stage when it collapsed, but oh well.
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