Raccoon Attacks News Crew Outside of the White House

On Monday, CBS News reporters were allegedly attacked by a raccoon outside of the White House.

The news was first reported by CBS News’ Paula Reid.


“Strong Pawnee vibes at White House this morning as a raccoon attacked multiple news crews on North Lawn,” Reid noted, while referring to the TV show, Parks & Recreation. “???? allegedly grabbed pant leg of a photographer & then a corespondent (sic) before being fended off.”

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“UPDATE: Sources tell @CBSNews,” Reid later added. “White House reaching out to  @USGSA about aggressive ???? who allegedly attacked crews this AM.”

The USGSA stands for the U.S. General Services Administration, and is in charge of property-related issues for government buildings.

According to the Daily Beast, raccoons are a big problem around the White House and one reporter was even attacked back in 2017.

“The White House was invaded this morning by unwelcomed guests: a group of raccoons that evaded capture by the National Park Service,” the Daily Beast reported back in 2017.  “‘The idea of raccoons on the White House grounds give us great pause,’ spokesman Bill Burton said. The Washington Post reports that ‘one very large raccoon and several medium-sized raccoons’ were seen on the grounds and have managed to avoid the ‘live traps’ (with apples, cat food, and peanut butter) set up to nab the animals.”

Check out what the Daily Wire had to say:

Social media, though, was quick to seize on this incident, with critics of the press asking whether President Donald Trump, who has a notoriously combative relationship with the media, trained the raccoons to do his bidding.

“We need a distraction!” one of the president’s detractors imagined the president saying. “We’ve used up all of our distractions. [low, ominous] Release the raccoons.”

White House communications specialist Alyssa Farah took the side of the raccoons, suggesting that the creatures be added to the reporter pool: “Starting a petition to add the WH raccoons to the pool rotation,” she tweeted.

“I did not have ‘Raccoons defend White House against the Enemy of the People’ on my 2020 bingo card. I don’t mind it, though,” added one Twitter Trump supporter.

Even The Hill — one of the few outlets to initially report on the raccoon incident — got in on the fun.

“The Hill has reached out to the National Park Service and the General Services Administration for comment on the raccoon incident. The raccoons could not be reached for comment,” the outlet reported late Monday. “No evidence has emerged to suggest the raccoons were politically motivated.”

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