This Trump supporter's T-shirt at MN rally is attracting attention

A t-shirt worn by a man at Sunday's Donald Trump rally in Minnesota has become a big talking point on social media.
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A T-shirt worn by a man at Sunday's Donald Trump rally in Minnesota has become a big talking point on social media.

The T-shirt with the slogan: "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some Assembly Required," was pictured being worn by a supporter attending Trump's appearance at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Tweets of the image, taken by a Reuters photographer, where shared thousands of times across Twitter.

It mostly attracted criticism from tweeters angered by the idea a person should be lynched based on their profession, though as to be expected in this increasingly polarized election, these complaints were met with rebuttals about the First Amendment.

The company that apparently sold the T-shirt, create-your-own T-shirt firm Zazzle.com, removed it from sale after the picture went viral.

Trump's turbulent relationship with the media

Whether worn jokingly or not, the T-shirt is an example of the attitude Trump has fostered toward the so-called "mainstream media" among his supporters.

The Hill reports Trump said journalists "are the most biased and dishonest people" at a rally in Pennsylvania later Sunday, and during the course of his campaign a handful of media outlets and journalists have been banned from attending his events.

This in turn has resulted in various reports of the media being the subject of intimidation by some of those attending Trump rallies across the country.

According to a poll of 30,000 Americans by UK peer Lord Ashcroft, the results of which were released on Monday morning, around 54 percent of Republican supporters would blame the media in the event Trump loses in Tuesday's election.

That's not to say there aren't those who agree with him. Former NPR CEO Ken Stern wrote in Vanity Fair on Friday that the mainstream media "has tossed aside all pretense of objectivity to beat Donald Trump," and he fears it could set a dangerous precedent for future.

He writes:

"I recognize that this is Trump we’re talking about here, and that many voters might view his nomination as a one-time mental breakdown of the Republican Party. But let’s not be so sure. Attitude changes like these have a way of normalizing very quickly. I can easily imagine, for instance, a similar response from the mainstream media if Mike Huckabee or Ted Cruz or some other similarly non-traditional candidate were to secure the nomination of the Republican Party for President in 2020."

But the Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page wrote last week Trump is using the media as a "one-size-fits-all scapegoat for his woes," citing the "various embarrassments" he has endured during his campaign including the "Trump Tape" featuring the lewd comments he made about women.

He also points out that Trump was the major beneficiary of blanket media coverage during the primary season, which could have played a significant role in him beating his opponents to the Republican nomination.

To find news, commentary, and local events leading up to the 2016 election, head to Go Vote MN. Go Vote MN is hosting an Election Eve Party at Mill City Nights on Monday featuring Dilated Peoples and Allan Kingdom.

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