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And he’s holding his own.

Sanders claimed that Collins had “shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so” at the press event.

“To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House,” she added.

Sanders’s statement prompted Peter Baker, the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, to say that if shouting questions and refusing to leave are the standards of decorum by which White House press briefings are to be judged, then Sanders would have to “bar every member of the press pool.”

Toluse Olorunnipa, a reporter with Bloomberg News deemed Sanders’s statement false.

Rex Huppke, a Chicago Tribune humor columnist went even further, saying that Republicans should “immediately call” for Sanders and Bill Shine to tender their resignations.

There has, unsurprisingly, been silence from Republicans on both the decision and justifications by the White House to ban Collins from the Rose Garden event.

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