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Minnesota TV reporter fired for wearing Trump hat at rally

October 5, 2018

In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 photo, KTTC-TV multimedia journalist James Bunner wears a "Make America Great Again" hat while interviewing people waiting to see President Donald Trump in Rochester, Minn. News Director Noel Sederstrom says the station does not allow staff members to cover stories while wearing apparel from political campaigns. Sederstrom says Bunner was fired. (Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP)

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota television reporter who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat to a Trump rally that he was covering has been fired.

James Bunner was a multimedia journalist for KTTC-TV in Austin. He wore the hat Thursday while covering President Donald Trump’s appearance in Rochester and images of him wearing the hat began appearing on Twitter.

News Director Noel Sederstrom says the station does not allow staff members to cover stories while wearing apparel from political campaigns. Sederstrom says Bunner was fired Friday.

Bunner doesn’t have a listed phone number and didn’t immediately return a social media message seeking comment Friday.

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