Politico’s Marc Caputo Mocks Trump Rally Attendees: Toothless ‘Garbage People’

TAMPA, FL - JULY 31: People listen as President Donald Trump speaks during his Make America Great Again Rally at the Florida State Fair Grounds Expo Hall on July 31, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. Before the rally, President Trump visited the Tampa Bay Technical High School for a roundtable discussion …
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Politico reporter Marc Caputo mocked attendees of President Donald Trump’s Tampa rally Tuesday night, referring to them as toothless “garbage people.”

UPDATE: After nearly 11 hours, Caputo posts an apology.

CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted footage of being jeered by Trump supporters and claimed to be “very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt.” Reacting to Acosta’s remarks, Caputo mocked the appearance of Trump rallygoers. “If you put everyone’s mouths together in this video, you’d get a full set of teeth,” he wrote.

When the insult sparked swift backlash, Caputo became defensive and condemned his critics for not being more outraged by the crowd’s treatment of Acosta. “Oh I like a good joke…that was just at the expense of others, which I think isn’t quite so funny. Not your best tweet, Marc,” one Twitter user said. “Oh, no!” Caputo replied. “I made fun of garbage people jeering at another person as they falsely accused him of lying and flipped him off. Someone fetch a fainting couch.”

Another Twitter user chided Caputo for partaking in the same behavior he lamented — but the Politico reporter remained defiant. “Come on Marc. They are beyond classless but you don’t have to add to the very behavior you’re complaining about,” tweeted David Bishop. “I’d argue i was more clever,” Caputo shot back.

Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak said Caputo’s attack is a reminder why media favorability among Americans has hit rock bottom. “.@Politico reporter shows why Americans hate the news media,” Pollak tweeted.

Caputo joined Politico‘s Florida vertical from the Miami Herald in 2015 and writes the Florida Playbook. According to his biography: “A veteran of the Herald since 2003, Marc was known for his ‘Caputo Cam’ videos from the state Capitol in Tallahassee and his strong reporting. He helped expose campaign-finance scandals that led to two federal convictions.”

Politico similarly came under fire in 2012 when former employee Jonathan Martin (now writing for the New York Times) referred to the Florida panhandle as “cracker counties.”

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