CNN correspondent Natasha Chen said she was verbally attacked by a racist beachgoer while covering the reopening of South Carolina beaches.
While interviewing the mayor of Tybee Island on Saturday, Chen says she was harassed for wearing a face covering.
“Somebody saw us and the mayor and I were both wearing masks and they yelled at us to take them off,” Chen recalled on Sunday. “Somebody claimed that sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
In a subsequent report, Chen revealed that she had also been harassed while taping a report from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
“Within the past hour, there was a person who was not happy with what we were covering,” Chen said. “We’ve been talking to people — who have all been really nice, by the way — talking to us about how they’re social distancing, what they’re seeing with the crowds on the beach, but this person didn’t like it.”
“In addition to shouting at us while I had a mask on, he said to me to get out of his country with an expletive and that I was responsible for this, referring to my ethnicity,” she added. “So, that wasn’t nice.”
Watch the video below from CNN.