Infowars’ Kaitlin Bennett, best known as the Kent State Gun Girl for flaunting an AR-10 rifle at her graduation, has been kicked out of a Bernie Sanders campaign event, which appears to have been members-only.
Bennett, who earned her nickname after a photo in which she poses with a rifle on the Kent State University campus went viral, made an unsuccessful attempt to attend a Bernie Sanders event in Lordstown, Ohio, on Sunday. As soon as Bennett settled in one of the front rows, she got approached by a security guard asking her to leave. Bennett uploaded video of the verbal fight on her Twitter page.
In the video, the guard dodges Bennett’s questions as to whether she has violated any rules and repeatedly askes her to leave, while seeming to imply it’s a private event.
“Ma’am, this is an event that we’ve paid for, this is an event we’ve bought the space [for].”
“So, I’m being ejected from public event?” Bennett asks, before reluctantly following the guard out of the hall. Outside the room she spars with another guard, who appears to be more sympathetic, but asks her to leave nonetheless.
When outside, Bennett goes on a lengthy rant about being “discriminated against” because of her affiliations.
“What we just saw was a Bernie Sanders campaign discriminating against a certain journalist. I’m a journalist for InfoWars.com, we are a news outlet. I’m a woman journalist and I got ejected from a Bernie Sanders town hall event.” Bennett, a Trump supporter, then takes aim at the opposite camp, arguing that if they do want to convert her they should let her listen to them instead of kicking her out.
She insists the event was advertised as a public one on Sanders’ website, promising to post a screenshot to prove her point.
“This is a public high school. This is not a private property. This is not a private event,” she repeats.
However, Bennett has not provided the image so far, and it appears from previous reports in local media that the event was actually closed to the general public. It was hosted in Lordstown High School by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which invited Sanders to talk to the members of its Lordstown chapter, Tribune Chronicle reported on Thursday. Citing AFT spokesman Andrew Cook it said the event would be members-only.