The Trump administration has pulled CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials after a heated exchange with Trump during a press conference on Wednesday. Acosta found out when the Secret Service blocked his entry.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Acosta’s credentials had been revoked, stating “We will never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” Acosta appeared to push the woman’s arm down as she tried to take the microphone away from him while he was haranguing the president.
…over the course of 1.5 hours including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it’s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
Contradicting a widely-seen video of the incident, CNN claims Acosta never touched the intern and called the revocation of his pass a “threat to democracy.”
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 8, 2018
There is some confusion as to whether the force seen in the video comes from Acosta pushing the intern’s arm down or her pulling the mic from him. The reporter is clearly seen touching the woman’s arm, though.
I figured it out.
People who think she yanked it are looking at Acosta and the mic
People who think he pushed her arm are looking at her elbow. https://t.co/f4KM1eKgkJ
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) November 8, 2018
Social media has predictably erupted in a frenzy, while CNN president Jeff Zucker reportedly tried to reassure Acosta’s colleagues with a memo that read in part that Trump’s “ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far” and “are disturbingly un-American.” Acosta’s canonization as Patron Saint of the Resistance is pending.
You sir are a true American hero
— Joyce P (@kismitme) November 8, 2018
Resign from your post. You are clearly incapable of carrying out as Press Secretary the oath you swore to uphold the Constitution.
— John Marble (@JHMarble) November 8, 2018
Ay Sarah, Ken Brockheimer is relaying a nessage from me and my friends. Seriously. pic.twitter.com/CLcl5nmiJ2
— Hugo Vachon (@HugoVachon007) November 8, 2018
Trump and Acosta sparred during a press conference earlier Wednesday that culminated in Trump telling the reporter, “Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.” When an intern tried to take the mic from Acosta to let the next reporter ask a question, he continued needling the president, who finally called him a “rude, terrible person.”
— RT (@RT_com) November 7, 2018
Conservatives cheered the administration’s decision to bounce Acosta, who never misses an opportunity to attack the president.
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) November 8, 2018
If a conservative journalist behaved as this one did today, wrestling back a microphone from a pres aide, making it all about himself, the collective media outrage would be loud. https://t.co/IAPpbUUZRX
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 8, 2018
Raise your hand if you support the White House’s decision to protect women from Jim Acosta
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) November 8, 2018