In a Twitter reply to Mr. Trump on Saturday, Mr. Velshi wrote, “So, @realDonaldTrump, you call my getting hit by authorities in Minneapolis on 5/30/20 (by a rubber bullet, btw, not a tear-gas canister) a ‘beautiful thing’ called ‘law and order.’ What law did I break while covering an entirely peaceful (yes, entirely peaceful) march?”
Mr. Velshi declined to comment further.
MSNBC said in a statement on Saturday, “When the president mocks a journalist for the injury he sustained while putting himself in harm’s way to inform the public, he endangers thousands of other journalists and undermines our freedoms.”
At a Tuesday night rally in Moon Township, Pa., Mr. Trump repeated the attack. This time, he did not identify Mr. Velshi by name, referring to him, incorrectly, as “that idiot reporter from CNN” and remarking on his baldness.
“And he went down,” Mr. Trump said, to laughs from the crowd. “‘I’ve been hit! I’ve been hit!’”
The president went on to describe the National Guard’s moving on a crowd of protesters that included reporters. “They grabbed one guy — ‘I’m a reporter! I’m a reporter!’ ‘Get out of here.’ They threw him aside like he was a little bag of popcorn,” Mr. Trump said, to more laughs from the crowd.
“Honestly,” the president added, “when you watch the crap that we’ve all had to take so long, when you see that, it’s actually — you don’t want to do that — but when you see it, it’s actually a beautiful sight.”