'Traitor!': Florida man unleashes tirade at media following Trump rally

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A Florida man calling himself an "American patriot" unleashed a verbal assault on the assembled press following Republican nominee Donald Trump's rally in Kissimmee, Florida, on Thursday night.

"Up yours!" he exclaimed, waving his raised middle finger at the press pen located at the back of the venue, before shouting "traitor!" at an unspecified member of the press.

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Anti-Trump protesters (L) clash with Donald Trump supporters (C) outside the Anaheim Convention Center during a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Police were on high alert one day after violence marred a Trump rally in the southwestern state of New Mexico, where anti-Trump protesters hurled rocks and police fired smoke grenades in efforts to rein in the chaos. Dozens of security personnel including police on horseback maintained control in Anaheim, although some skirmishes broke out between Trump opponents and his backers as protesters chanted expletives about the brash billionaire. At least two arrests were made. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Anti-Trump protesters stand outside the Anaheim Convention Center following a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Police were on high alert one day after violence marred a Trump rally in the southwestern state of New Mexico, where anti-Trump protesters hurled rocks and police fired smoke grenades in efforts to rein in the chaos. Dozens of security personnel including police on horseback maintained control in Anaheim, although some skirmishes broke out between Trump opponents and his backers as protesters chanted expletives about the brash billionaire. At least two arrests were made. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Police watch as an anti-Trump protester shouts abuse at a parking lot full of Trump supporters waiting for permission to leave (back) outside the Anaheim Convention Center after a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Police were on high alert one day after violence marred a Trump rally in the southwestern state of New Mexico, where anti-Trump protesters hurled rocks and police fired smoke grenades in efforts to rein in the chaos. Dozens of security personnel including police on horseback maintained control in Anaheim, although some skirmishes broke out between Trump opponents and his backers as protesters chanted expletives about the brash billionaire. At least two arrests were made. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25: Police force protesters down a street, away from Trump supporters jeering from a parking structure, near a campaign rally by presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Anaheim Convention Center on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Previous visits by the candidate to Orange County have sparked in protests that resulted in some arrests. The presidential candidates are campaigning in Southern California for the June 7 California primary. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25: A protester punches a Donald Trump pinata near a campaign rally by presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Anaheim Convention Center on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Previous visits by the candidate to Orange County have sparked in protests that resulted in some arrests. The presidential candidates are campaigning in Southern California for the June 7 California primary. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25: Anti-Trump protesters and Trump supporters clash outside a campaign rally by presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Anaheim Convention Center on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Previous visits by the candidate to Orange County have sparked in protests that resulted in some arrests. The presidential candidates are campaigning in Southern California for the June 7 California primary. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25: Protesters stomp on a Donald Trump pinata near a campaign rally by presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Anaheim Convention Center on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Previous visits by the candidate to Orange County have sparked in protests that resulted in some arrests. The presidential candidates are campaigning in Southern California for the June 7 California primary. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Pro- and anti-Donald Trump demonstrators confront each other during a protest outside a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Anaheim, Calif., Convention Center Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Several people were detained as police descended on the protesters after declaring an unlawful assembly from a helicopter, after shouting matches erupted between dozens of Trump opponents and a few Trump supporters.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25: An anti-Trump protester (L) and a Trump support clash outside a campaign rally by presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Anaheim Convention Center on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Previous visits by the candidate to Orange County have sparked in protests that resulted in some arrests. The presidential candidates are campaigning in Southern California for the June 7 California primary. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Police watch as anti-Trump protesters unfurl the Mexican flag in front of a parking lot full of Trump supporters waiting for permission to leave (back) outside the Anaheim Convention Center after a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Police were on high alert one day after violence marred a Trump rally in the southwestern state of New Mexico, where anti-Trump protesters hurled rocks and police fired smoke grenades in efforts to rein in the chaos. Dozens of security personnel including police on horseback maintained control in Anaheim, although some skirmishes broke out between Trump opponents and his backers as protesters chanted expletives about the brash billionaire. At least two arrests were made. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Police arrest a protestor during an anti-Trump demonstration outside the Anaheim Convention Center prior to a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Police were on high alert one day after violence marred a Trump rally in the southwestern state of New Mexico, where anti-Trump protesters hurled rocks and police fired smoke grenades in efforts to rein in the chaos. Dozens of security personnel including police on horseback maintained control in Anaheim, although some skirmishes broke out between Trump opponents and his backers as protesters chanted expletives about the brash billionaire. At least two arrests were made. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Anti-Trump protesters stand outside the Anaheim Convention Center during a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Police were on high alert one day after violence marred a Trump rally in the southwestern state of New Mexico, where anti-Trump protesters hurled rocks and police fired smoke grenades in efforts to rein in the chaos. Dozens of security personnel including police on horseback maintained control in Anaheim, although some skirmishes broke out between Trump opponents and his backers as protesters chanted expletives about the brash billionaire. At least two arrests were made. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Orange County Sheriff's deputies take a protester into custody near the Anaheim Convention Center Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a rally at the convention center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Orange County Sheriff's deputies take a protester into custody near the Anaheim Convention Center Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif., after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a rally at the convention center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
An Orange County Sheriff's deputy takes a demonstrator into custody during a protest outside a rally by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Anaheim, Calif., Convention Center Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Several people were detained as police descended on the protesters after declaring an unlawful assembly from a helicopter, after shouting matches erupted between dozens of Trump opponents and a few Trump supporters.(AP Photop/Nick Ut)
Authorities take a protester into custody outside a rally by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Anaheim, Calif., Convention Center Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin)
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As he was approached by CNN's Noah Gray, the man turned toward the reporter, shouting, "I am a patriot and you are a traitor!"

The man was asked by another reporter for his name, to which he replied, "Patriot. American patriot."

"Your name is traitor!" he continued.

Trump regularly lambastes the press both on Twitter and during his rallies, having eviscerated CNN, NBC, Fox News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico, among other outlets at various points in the campaign season. He has taken even more specific aim at the press in recent weeks as he has faced a slew of controversy on the campaign trail.

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