NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent and correspondent for MSNBC Kelly O’Donnell became visibly flustered on the floor of the Republican National Convention today after being repeatedly asked to leave during her live segment report.
O’Donnell, who began her coverage at 5 p.m. for a one hour special edition of The Place for Politics, in Cleveland, Ohio, complained to MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd she was being “hassled” while attempting to report on the chaotic events, which occurred earlier in the day.
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During the segment, convention security can be seen approaching O’Donnell telling her to leave the area, whereupon she flashes her press badge in defiance. “We’re getting hassled here by the police,” said a frustrated O’Donnell, trying to continue the segment.
Despite her protests, police were insistent that O’Donnell leave, and can be seen repeatedly approaching the reporter from off camera. O’Donnell caved to their demands shortly after, however, saying, “I’m gonna go back to you, they’re asking us to leave, Chuck, so I’m gonna go back to you.”
Todd smiled and replied, “I don’t want you to lose your credential on day one,” seemingly encouraging her to leave.
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Later in the day, an MSNBC source described the incident as a misunderstanding, which was quickly resolved. Once resolved, O’Donnell was again allowed access to the convention floor, where she has since returned to her position and continued reporting.
Between the chaotic uprising from members of the Never Trump movement to Steven Colbert stealing the microphone and everything in between, O’Donnell’s predicament seems to be part and parcel to a convention that is having its share of bumps in the road.
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