Kevin Cirilli, the Bloomberg reporter who has been covering Donald Trump’s presidential campaign from the beginning, says traveling with Trump is unlike any other in the way his unconventional campaign handles the press and the way the candidate himself utilizes the media.
Cirilli explains to Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin on Bloomberg’s “Masters in Politics” podcast just how the Trump campaign operates. “I remember back in New Hampshire ahead of the primary, ahead of Christmas and the holidays, and I had to go to events for Governor Christie, Governor Kasich, and Governor Bush and the difference in the apparatus that was surrounding them just from them having the wifi always work, they had donuts for the press corps, and they had charter buses for all the reporters. Donald Trump’s campaign doesn’t have any of that.”
Cirilli also spoke about the way Trump supporters view the press and how Trump manipulates those anti-media sentiments. “Whenever you’re a journalist and you talk to other folks, they don’t view you necessarily as a young professional who has a job and is just trying to do their work, but they view you as ‘the media’. I think that he has really tapped into that frustration that people have with institutions in general but I will say I think that there have been some rallies where the mood in the room, in the crowd, is a little bit more anxious…and a little bit more angry.”
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