Trump shares video of protesters confronting reporter, writes “Fake news is not essential”

Saturday, President Trump shared a video tweeted by reporter Kevin Vessey, adding in all caps “FAKE NEWS IN NOT ESSENTIAL!”

Vessey had written “The level of anger directed at the media from these protestors was alarming. As always, I will tell a fair and unbiased story today.”

Several Trump supporters had replied to reporter Vessey.

Mark Dice wrote “What’s alarming is we’re headed for a depression if people can’t get back to work.”

Another Twitter user replied “Maybe, and hear me out, people are angry at the news because of all the lying that has been going on for the last three years, and journalists refusing to take responsibility for it and instead claiming they are the real heroes?”

To which Lisa replied “He’s so unbiased and fair he thinks people exercising their freedom of speech is “alarming””

Per TheHill, the viral videos, which have been viewed more than 9.8 million times, were recorded by Vesey while he was covering a rally on Thursday against stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vesey said demonstrators in the town of Commack were confronting him over his profession and were “repeatedly invading my personal space.” Many of the protesters were not wearing face masks or practicing social distancing.

Several protesters sported Trump campaign flags and apparel, while some visibly angry demonstrators used anti-media rhetoric frequently employed by the president.

According to a video taken at the event, several protesters referred to Vesey as “fake news” and one person shouted: “You are the enemy of the people!”

“You’re disgusting. You are the virus!” another said.

“Traitor!” someone else could be heard saying.

In his final report, Vesey vowed to continue to report in an “unbiased way” despite the treatment.