Trump's Social Media Summit Attendees Feud With Reporters in Rose Garden: Gorka Would 'Kick Your Punk Ass!'
After Donald Trump gave his speech at the White House's social media summit earlier today, some of the president's conservative guests began feuding with reporters in the Rose Garden over what is and isn't journalism and who is and isn't a journalist.
The event on Thursday quickly devolved into a volatile scene between attendees and reporters when Trump returned inside the White House after announcing he would give up on adding a citizenship question to the census in the Rose Garden.
In videos taken by attendees, former Deputy Assistant to the President, Sebastian Gorka, now a right-wing Salem Radio host, can be seen angrily walking over to Playboy correspondent Brian Karem while accusing him of "threatening me," before yelling in his face: "You're a punk. You're not a journalist. You're a punk!"
Another video then showed Gorka walking away from Karem after his outburst as fellow attendees, consisting of an array of conservatives, lawmakers and prominent right-wing internet personalities, chanted: "Gorka! Gorka!"
Jim Hanson, a columnist for Townhall, a politically conservative publication, turned to Karem and yelled: "For the record, he'd kick your punk ass!"
As people walked away from the scene, American singer-songwriter and Trump supporter Joy Villa, who was wearing an American flag-themed dress, revived the attack on reporters. "Fake news is over, be real journalists," she yelled. "Some of you guys are real journalists and we love you. The real journalists, thank you, but fake news is over."
Villa continued rebuking the press, who were photographing her while standing behind a white rope line at the back of the Rose Garden, when most of the attendees had cleared the area.
"We're citizen journalists," she told them, "and we respect you guys but you gotta stop reporting fake news. None of us want to do interviews with you guys, none of us want to talk to you, the president..."
"How many copy editors do you have?" a reporter interrupted.
"We don't need to have that, we just have our voice. We have an unbiased opinion," she said. The reporter and Villa then continued to talk over each other in arguing over what is and isn't journalism.
Before the fight erupted, Trump accused tech companies of anti-conservative bias and vowed to take action against them in the East Room of the White House during his social media summit speech.
"Today I'm directing my administration to explore all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech and the free speech rights of all Americans," the president said. "We have terrible bias. We have censorship like no one has any understanding, nobody can believe... They're playing with a lot of minds and they're playing unfairly."