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Trump campaign grants right-wing extremist group media passes in Phoenix

By: - September 15, 2020 11:18 am

President Donald Trump prepares to depart John F. Kennedy International Airport Sept. 27, 2018. Photo by Shealah Craighead | White House

A group that has created fake media passes and has been sued for harassing Phoenix-area churches was given press passes to President Donald Trump’s arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbor by the Trump campaign. 

AZ Patriots, a far-right activist group that splintered off from a similar group named Patriot Movement AZ, has been known in Arizona for its provocative antics that have gotten members barred from the Arizona House of Representatives and for its role in creating an internet meme.   

On Monday, members of the group were present and among the White House press pool when Air Force One landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. AZ Patriots member Jeremy Bronaugh live-streamed the landing on Facebook, saying that he was given the press credential by a woman at the Latinos for Trump event. 

“We got checked out by the secret service,” Bronaugh said on the stream. “Super, super nice.” 

Bronaugh and other members of the group are also elected Arizona Repubican Party officials

The group’s leader, Jennifer Harrison, appeared to have used fraudulent press credentials at an event with Donald Trump Jr. last year.

The event held at GCU on Oct. 22 was part of Turning Point USA’s Culture War tour, in which conservative speakers discuss hot button issues.

“AZ Patriots Media. Not fake news!” Harrison wrote in a since-deleted tweet. It was accompanied by four pictures of Harrison, Bronaugh and Mike Lee. 

Harrison did not attend Monday’s Trump event.

The Trump campaign has not responded to a request for comment by the time of publication. 

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Jerod MacDonald-Evoy
Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joined the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.