MSNBC’s Katy Tur describes her experience on election night in 2016 in a new book, revealing the emotions she felt when it became clear Donald Trump would win.
In an MSNBC excerpt from her new book “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, she begins by saying “I’m about to throw up.”
When Tur was told by a colleague that Trump was planning victory rallies, she writes, “My head is a helium balloon. Breathe. The panic mounts. More rallies? I am nearly falling over. More taunting crowds, more around-the-clock live shots, more airports, more earsplitting Pavarotti . . . I can’t. I just can’t.”
Tur also talks frankly about her experience covering Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, extending some sympathy to Trump voters, but also slamming the President.
“Look, I get it. You can’t tell a joke without worrying you’ll lose your job. Your twenty-something can’t find work. Your town is boarded up. Patriotism gets called racism. Your food is full of chemicals. Your body is full of pills. You call tech support and reach someone in India,” Tur writes.
However, she counters, “I don’t get why protesting a broken political system also means you need to protest the very notion of objective truth.”
Tur and Trump had an interesting relationship during the campaign. Tasked with covering Trump for NBC News/MSNBC, Trump often became combative with her, calling her “Little Katy” and once pointing her out specifically in front of an angry crowd.
In covering Trump, Tur’s own career has exploded, as she was often close to breaking news from the campaign trail.
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Tur has been criticized in the past for spreading demonstrably false claims. (RELATED: Katy Tur Tweets False Claim That 17 Intel Agencies Agree On Russian Election Meddling)