James Bunner celebrated as Donald Trump was inaugurated as America’s 45th president on January 20, 2016 – as did millions of others around the country and the world.
Bunner is a TV reporter for NBC from Minnesota.
He covered the president’s rally in the Gopher State on Thursday.
However, not long after, Bunner was canned.
From Fox News:
A television reporter in southern Minnesota might need a new hat saying “Make Me Employed Again.”
James Bunner, a multimedia journalist for NBC affiliate KTTC-TV in Austin, was fired Friday, reportedly for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat while covering President Trump’s rally in Rochester on Thursday.
As the rally got underway, images of Bunner wearing the bright red hat began appearing on Twitter.
— Mark Vancleave 📹+📷 (@MDVancleave) October 4, 2018
The station’s news director confirmed Bunner was fired because reporters are not allowed to wear political apparel while covering stories.
From Star Tribune:
News Director Noel Sederstrom says the station does not allow staff members to cover stories while wearing apparel from political campaigns. Sederstrom says Bunner was fired Friday.
Bunner doesn’t have a listed phone number and didn’t immediately return a social media message seeking comment Friday.
While in Minnesota, Trump referred to Democrats as the “party of crime,” per Fox News:
President Trump decried Democrats as members of the “party of crime” at a rally in support of Republican House and Senate candidates in Minnesota Thursday night, as the Senate moved toward a crucial test vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The president warned that if Democrats take control of Congress in November’s midterm elections, they would “plunge our country into a nightmare of gridlock, poverty, chaos and frankly, crime because that’s what comes with it.”
“On November 6, I need your vote,” Trump said. “I need your support to stop radical Democrats and elect proud Minnesota Republicans.”
Trump largely stuck to economic and social policy issues at the rally in Rochester, a Trump-friendly area of traditionally Democratic Minnesota. However, he briefly referenced the controversy over Kavanaugh, who is fighting allegations of sexual misconduct that date from his time in high school and college in the 1980s.
“What they’re putting him through and his family … it’s incredible what they’re putting him through,” Trump told the crowd, who chanted “We want Kavanaugh!”
“The Dems are willing to do anything, to hurt anyone, to get the power they so desperately crave,” Trump said. “They want to resist, they want to obstruct, they want to delay, demolish, they want to destroy. That’s what happens. And just take a look at what’s going on. Democrats have been trying to destroy Judge Brett Kavanaugh since the very first second he was announced.”
The president was criticized earlier this week after he questioned sexual assault allegations made against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford at a rally in Mississippi. However, he steered clear of mentioning the claims on Thursday.
Instead, he praised Kavanaugh as “an incredible intellect, an incredible person, an incredible talent. He’s been an incredible judge.” He also predicted that anger over Kavanaugh’s treatment would motivate Republican voters to turn out for the midterms in 34 days.
Should Bunner have been fired?