Kimberly Halkett has become an online star after her mega-takedown of a fellow reporter she believed robbed her of a prime interview opportunity
The heated debate for the presidency wasn’t just between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as these reporters filmed kicking off backstage from the main event show.
Kimberly Halkett from Al Jazeera English was caught on camera telling another reporter “Thanks a lot bitch!” after the pair were told to stop pushing by an aide.
Halkett was reportedly seeking an interview with Mark Cuban when she was stopped in her tracks, and she was not happy.
Mr Cuban, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner, is a Hillary Clinton supporter and known for his Trump-provoking comments – making him a must-interview for the legions of reporters who found themselves in the melee.
In the video, she can be heard pleading her case, adding: “She’s pushing me,” of the woman behind her, but she loses her spot all the same.
The Canadian reporter was contacted by Buzzfeed News but said that she was working and could not speak about the incident.
Commenters online appreciated her candour in the situation, with one posting: “Thanks A Lot Bitch for President.”
Another added: “I really want to hang out with the ‘Thanks a Lot Bitch’ lady,” while yet another posted: “Scrum pleasantries. The show hasn’t even started but things are off to a great start.”
The reporter herself has not responded to the comments about her, and has only tweeted since from the press room at the debates with the message: “Anticipation for start of the presidential debate is almost tangible.”
The incident happened as US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went head-to-head in the first live televised debate.
The pair squared off in a 90-minute debate at Hofstra University in New York as the race to the White House heated up considerably.
Topics included ISIS and the war on terror, tax returns and ‘temperament’.