Politico Reporter Apologizes for Mocking Trump Supporters’ Teeth

Marc Caputo tweeted in response to Jim Acosta’s treatment at Trump rally on Tuesday

Last Updated: August 1, 2018 @ 9:37 AM

Politico reporter Marc Caputo apologized on Wednesday hours after after mocking the teeth of Trump supporters in a tweet that he later deleted.

After sharing footage of Trump supporters heckling CNN reporter Jim Acosta at a rally on Tuesday night in Tampa, Florida, Caputo dismissed the crowds by saying, “If you put everyone’s mouths together in this video, you’d get a full set of teeth.”

“I need to apologize for tweeting caustic remarks after seeing a reporter berated & abused. Hate begets hate,” he later wrote. “My comments referred ONLY to those jeering and swearing at the man, not a broad swath of people,” he said. “But the fault is mine for causing confusion and feeding anger.”

Caputo, who covers Florida for Politico, has been a fixture covering the state. He previously worked for the Miami Herald and grew up in Key West, according to his Politico profile.

He also produces the website’s Florida playbook newsletter.

As the tweet gradually filled with angry comments, Caputo initially doubled down and responded to critics in quote-tweeted replies.

“Snowflake has a sad,” Caputo said to one.

“We will always defend a fair and free press and support colleagues who are treated unfairly or in an abusive manner, but contributing to an already divisive environment with tweets such as this undermines that cause,” a rep for Politico told TheWrap. “This tweet does not meet our standards, and we’ve addressed it with Marc. We should all aspire to do better.”

However, that didn’t stop conservatives media personalities from ripping Caputo.

“This is so gross and this kind of statement is what so many in the middle of the country think the media thinks of them,” said The View co-host Meghan McCain.

“@politico should hold their reporters to a higher standard,” she added to ensure that Caputo’s media bosses would see it.

Caputo apologized for his remarks and deleted his tweet shortly after the publication of this article.