CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta came forth on Wednesday to react President Trump labeling him a “rude, terrible person” at a news conference, stating simply “when they go low, we keep doing our jobs.”
“That’s the way I look at it. I had a question to ask,” Acosta told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “He just didn’t like hearing that question. He didn’t like being challenged on that point. And he certainly doesn’t like being called out for his falsehoods. But of course, Jake, as you were just mentioning, that’s our job. That’s what we do over here.”
Acosta also explained later while appearing on CNN that Trump’s news conference had been “a pity party,” pointing out that Trump had taken time to single out incumbent Republican House candidates who didn’t “embrace” the president and lost out during their race.
“I was struck by the fact that the president we thought was going to come in there and do this victory lap, it sounded very much like a pity party, the way he was talking about lawmakers that wouldn’t stand by him on the GOP side in various House races,” Acosta stated.
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) November 7, 2018
“He seems to be unaware of the fact that his immigration rhetoric and his rhetoric on many levels was just turning off a lot of those suburban swing district voters,” Acosta continued.
“This President’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far,” a CNN spokesperson had also detailed in a separate statement.
“They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American. While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere,” they concluded.
Here’s how Americans reacted:
The American people watched this in real time. I was so disgusted with trummper. The press should have all stood up & walked out!
— Deb Griffin Senko (@DeborahSenk) November 7, 2018
And low class!
— Michael Rich (@damnthing9999) November 7, 2018
Trump trashes the first amendment via press bashings
— Robert Byrne West (@RobertByrneWes1) November 7, 2018
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