Capitol police just allegedly assaulted a pregnant reporter trying to talk to senators

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Today, the Senate passed a spending bill to avoid another destructive Trump shutdown and, not surprisingly, the president will not be getting the billions and billions he demanded to fund his pointless border wall. Instead, Congress will throw some measly funding at tightening border security, a far cry from the “big, beautiful” wall Trump promised would be built on Mexico’s dime.

Already, he’s once again floating the idea of declaring a national emergency and exploiting his executive powers to circumvent Congress and build the wall anyway. As this specter of overt authoritarianism rises over the Capitol Hill, a disturbing incident from today’s Senate vote runs the risk of being overlooked.

BuzzFeed News’s Paul McLeod reports that police were present when senators went to vote on the funding bill today, a strange, uncommon occurrence that took a dark turn when the officers shoved a pregnant reporter who was attempting to talk to a senator. Apparently, the police were trying to keep the journalists away from the politicians for some reason. The cops and reporters got into a yelling match as the police continued to “shield the senators.”

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While an explanation for the unsettling string of events has yet to emerge, it’s hard not to see this as yet another chapter in the war against the free press that President Trump has inflamed. The most powerful man in the country has labeled journalists the enemy of the people, and it’s only a matter of time before more incidents like this one crop up.

If a pregnant reporter was actually shoved, it could constitute assault and an America in which police feel safe attacking journalist is not America at all. These officers owe the reporters involved, and the American people in general, an explanation for this.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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