Hillary Clinton’s henchmen snatched a smartphone from a man who had photographed her giving a speech in Miami Thursday, deleting the image before returning the phone.
“That’s American politics,” one of the individuals in charge of preventing the presidential hopeful from being photographed told a Miami Herald reporter covering the meeting.
No, that’s Russian politics. Or Chinese politics. Or Cuban politics.
Or the politics from a number of other countries that we’ve been brainwashed to hate by American politicians where citizens don’t have the right to take photos of politicians.
It turns out, our politics is not much different than their politics. No matter what Clinton says during her run-up to the 2016 election, where she had launched a website encouraging citizens to contact her.
The incident took place during a travel agents convention at the Miami Hyatt, a private venue, but that still doesn’t give anybody the right to snatch your personal belongings, nor does it give them the right to delete your images.
Not even cops have that right.
In this case, the man could have refused to hand over his camera, but then would most likely have been kicked out of the venue where he could have been arrested for trespassing if he refused to leave.
But he would have left with his photo and his story.
According to the Miami Herald:
At one point, a member of the audience, Andrew Rothberg, had his Galaxy Note II smartphone taken from him by security, which removed his picture of Clinton onstage and then gave his device back in front of a Miami Herald reporter in the auditorium stands.
“It’s crazy,” Rothberg said.
“That’s American politics,” said a docent, one of a handful of hotel security and volunteers who roamed the aisles looking for people taking pictures or making recordings. None was allowed.
“I wanted to take pictures for my girls; I have four girls,” Rothberg, who was writing a piece about the conference for Boca Raton-based Grey Matters Magazine, told the Miami Herald. “I think Hillary Clinton who is probably running for president in 2016 would want all the publicity she could get and I think it’s kind of ironic they would take the camera away.”