Most of Donald Trump’s campaign speeches are riddled with insults, and Trump’s stop in Pensacola on Wednesday was no exception. The Republican frontrunner targeted everyone from the media, to his opponents, to whomever the poor guy was who set up the microphone at his podium.
After tearing into President Obama’s foreign trade policy, Trump ripped into the sound guy. “And by the way, I don’t like this mic,” he said. “Whoever the hell brought this mic system, don’t pay the son of a bitch that put it in. This mic is terrible. Stupid mic keeps popping. Do you hear that George? Don’t pay him! Don’t pay him. You know, I believe in paying, but when somebody does a bad job like this stupid mic, you shouldn’t pay the bastard.”
George, presumably, is George Gigicos, the director of Trump’s advance team. Clearly annoyed, Trump drove home the point that he wasn’t going to pay the guy.
“Terrible, terrible, it’s true,” he said. “And you gotta be tough with your people because they’ll pay. They don’t care. So we’re not going to pay. I guarantee I’m not going to pay for this mic.”
The sound and lighting for the event were set up by Sound Associates of Mobile, Ala., which also handled the sound for Mr. Trump’s rally in Biloxi, Miss. earlier this month.
Division manager Chuck Johnson returned a reporter’s call Thursday and said that the firm had already been paid and had used a microphone selected by Trump’s campaign staff.
“We know he’s got high expectations and of course we want to meet them,” said Johnson. “The pre-show was fine, the other speakers were fine, and Mr. Trump was fine until about halfway through when he started swallowing the mic,” he said, laughing.
Johnson said the type of mic the campaign wanted isn’t designed for someone speaking that forcefully with their mouth so close to the mic. He said the campaign staff has been very understanding, and they’ve already had discussions about using a microphone “better suited for Mr. Trump’s speaking style.”
However, Johnson called back about an hour later and clarified that the firm had not, in fact, been paid yet and asked a reporter to retract his earlier comments.
This isn’t the first time Trump has targeted a specific tradesperson at one of his rallies. At the Biloxi rally earlier this month, Trump singled out and berated a CNN photographer for not turning his camera around to get a shot of the crowd. In September, Trump lashed out at an Associated Press photographer for taking a photo that showed empty chairs at an event in South Carolina.