For the second, or maybe even the third, time, Hillary Clinton launched her campaign for the White House on Saturday, and despite plenty of back and forth on social media over how well attended the event was, not everyone was welcome.
Three Republican National Committee staffers who showed up rocking “Stop Hillary” T-shirts were turned away by the campaign, The Daily Caller reported.
“Read their shirts. You can’t let them in,” a campaign official said.
Business Insider political reporter Colin Campbell posted a photo of Republican National Committee Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams and fellow staffers Ruth Guerra and Ali Pardo on Twitter:
.@Raffiwilliams and fellow RNC staffers got into the event with their “Stop Hillary” shirts pic.twitter.com/d61NtSc6iQ
— Colin Campbell (@BKcolin) June 13, 2015
“The Clinton campaign was trying to kick me out of their event to a free speech zone outside, despite me having a ticket,” Williams told The Daily Caller.
The campaign eventually relented, under one condition — that the trio turn their T-shirts inside out.
Philip Bump, a writer for the Washington Post’s politics blog, “The Fix,” posted a before and after photo on Twitter:
The campaign asked the RNC attendees to turn their shirts inside out. Before and after. pic.twitter.com/wLPIkgZaP0
— Philip Bump (@pbump) June 13, 2015
But even then, the Clinton campaign made it clear the three were more suspects than guests, following them throughout the event.
Williams, the son of Fox News contributor Juan Williams, scoffed at the idea of a “free speech” zone.
“Honestly, I don’t remember the exact phrasing, but it was either that or a ‘protest pen,’” he said.
A funny thing happened on ‘White Appreciation Day’ . . .
Williams posted a photo on social media of fellow Republicans holding “Hypocrisy” signs in the “protest pen,” as did Campbell.
Here are the photos and some responses from Twitter:
.@gop out in force #stophillary pic.twitter.com/P7WVzbe8Br
— Raffi Williams (@Raffiwilliams) June 13, 2015
Republican staffers are chanting “Out of touch!” outside the event, giving “shady” sunglasses out pic.twitter.com/QIXlbuITbs
— Colin Campbell (@BKcolin) June 13, 2015
@cdnrod @southsalem @Raffiwilliams @GOP Whatever happened to “dissent is the highest form of Patriotism”?
— Kelly Marie (@therealkkm) June 13, 2015
@therealkkm @southsalem @Raffiwilliams @GOP that’s only when “dissent” includes looting , riots and teenagers throwing rocks at police.
— rod l (@cdnrod) June 13, 2015
@Raffiwilliams @StephPrichard1 @GOP Wow..police tape. Are they investigating Hillary? Bout time. Hahah #clinton
— Alisande (@Alisand3) June 13, 2015
@RedNationRising They’ll need to start printing shirts on both the inside and outside! LOL! #StopHillary @Raffiwilliams
— Open Your Eyes (@ProgPoker) June 13, 2015
@pbump @not_Collier The campaign is paranoid and insecure, IMHO
— Mark David (@mdavidhfx) June 13, 2015
.@pbump @redsteeze Because #HillaryClinton supports #FreeSpeech #not #fail #Hillary2016
— Joe M (@GKJoe) June 13, 2015
@Raffiwilliams @HillaryClinton HRC wouldn’t know truth if it bit her on her derriere.
— Female barbarian (@flatwalk) June 13, 2015
@Raffiwilliams @HillaryClinton She can’t handle the truth!!
— Pam (@PamSchim) June 13, 2015
@Raffiwilliams @HillaryClinton wonder if they’ll follow you to the porto potties
— Michael C. Short (@michaelcshort) June 13, 2015
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