Politico reporter Marc Caputo is under fire after mocking the teeth of Trump supporters in a tweet on Wednesday.
After sharing footage of Trump supporters heckling CNN reporter Jim Acosta at a rally on Tuesday night in Tampa, Florida, Caputo dismissed the crowds by saying, “If you put everyone’s mouths together in this video, you’d get a full set of teeth,” in a tweet that now appears to be deleted.
Caputo, who covers Florida for Politico, has been a fixture covering the state. He previously worked for the Miami Herald and grew up in Key West, according to his Politico profile. He also produces the website’s Florida playbook newsletter.
As the tweet gradually filled with angry comments, Caputo doubled down and responded to critics in quote-tweeted replies.
“We will always defend a fair and free press and support colleagues who are treated unfairly or in an abusive manner, but contributing to an already divisive environment with tweets such as this undermines that cause,” a rep for Politico told TheWrap. “This tweet does not meet our standards, and we’ve addressed it with Marc. We should all aspire to do better.”
However, that didn’t stop conservatives media personalities from ripping Caputo.
“This is so gross and this kind of statement is what so many in the middle of the country think the media thinks of them,” said The View co-host Meghan McCain.
“@politico should hold their reporters to a higher standard,” she added to ensure that Caputo’s media bosses would see it.
This is so gross and this kind of statement is what so many in the middle of the country think the media thinks of them. @politico should hold their reporters to a higher standard. https://t.co/LEDZBKq96g
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 1, 2018
Media: Why does America hate us?
Also Media: America is toothless. https://t.co/sTaP4gWtEk
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 1, 2018
During this election cycle @realDonaldTrump voters have been called crazies, deplorable, racists and now you have a reporter saying this below…its pretty sad. At the end of the day, we were motivated, we voted and we won and are still winning because the #MAGA agenda is working! https://t.co/ZyRqLHGHn1
— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) August 1, 2018
The Left loves nothing more than the artificial sense of elitist superiority they get when mocking the poor and pointing in disgust at the average American they deem 'uneducated' and too unsophisticated to be viewed as people.
Always the same. 🙄 https://t.co/3JVfb3QJA5
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) August 1, 2018
.@Politico 's reporter for Florida folks!
I seriously can't believe why Trumpers think the media has it our for them; it's a real mystery why they don't have faith in journalists. https://t.co/Z5kKU4w5x1
— Arthur Boreman Once Held His Breath for 30 Seconds (@ArthurBoreman) August 1, 2018
Come on Marc. They are beyond classless but you don't have to add to the very behavior you're complaining about.
— David Bishop (@dlb100b) August 1, 2018
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