Journalists covering Donald Trump’s presidential campaign experienced an “incredible amount of vitriol,” reporter Christina Wilkie said at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast on Wednesday.
Wilkie, White House correspondent for Huffington Post, joined a panel discussion “Covering Trump: The Women on the Front Line” at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast series even in Washington, D.C. alongside Politico editor Carrie Budoff Brown and ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega.
“I’d never felt anything like it,” Wilkie said, describing the “sense of physical insecurity” she felt while coving Trump’s campaign events, where the then-candidate would encourage animosity to the press. “There was an incredible amount of vitriol, and most of us received threats at our houses,” she said. “I got more than three death threats. A colleague of mine had someone parked outside of his house.”
Recode Executive Editor Kara Swisher moderated the inside look at how female journalists deal with a president who famously made crude comments about women that was picked up on a hot mic.
The breakfast was hosted by TheWrap’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman and live streamed on TheWrap’s Facebook channel. This is the second year the series has come to the nation’s capital to connect the most influential women across government, media, entertainment and policy.
Previous speakers at TheWrap’s Power Women breakfast series have included Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, comedian Chelsea Handler, “Game of Thrones'” actress Emilia Clarke, activist-actress Selma Hayek, “Billions” star Malin Akerman, producer and entrepreneur Gail Berman, California Senator Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd, media executive Nancy Tellem and digital executive Susan Lyne.
The event is sponsored Hulu, Discovery, SAG-AFTRA and Creative Future. A silent auction and donations from the event will go to support the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).
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