Jim Acosta Humiliates Sarah Sanders Over Trump’s ‘Enemy Of The People’ Attacks

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‘Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave her first White House press briefing since August on Monday following a seemingly endless number of murders and terroristic threats in the form of pipe bombs sent to Donald Trump dissenters. It is an understatement to say that it did not go well.

Sanders teared up when mentioning Trump’s Jewish grandchildren, but when she was asked by members of the press about the president’s doubling down on social media attacks against the press, she grew combative.

CNN’s Jim Acosta, who has been called out by name on Trump’s Twitter feed along with the network he works for, asked Sanders about the Monday morning tweet that once again referred to the media as the “enemy of the people.” He asked to which outlets and which journalists in particular was included under that definition.

Sanders answered:

‘The president is not referencing all media. He’s talking about the growing amount of fake news that exists in the country. The president is calling that out.’

Acosta pushed back, asking her once again who the president is referring to in that tweet. Sanders looked pointedly at Acosta and answered that “those individuals probably know who they are.” Acosta did not accept that answer.

‘If the president is going to say the ‘fake news’ media are the enemy of the people and if you’re going to stand there and continue to say that there are some journalists, some news outlets in this country that meet that characterization, shouldn’t you have the guts, Sarah, to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?’

Sanders made sure that Acosta knew he was being included in that accusation.

‘I think it’s irresponsible of a news organization like yours to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the president. Not just blame the president, but blame members of his administration for those heinous acts. I think that it outrageous.’

MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson then asked about Sanders’s previous claims that Trump’s attacks were simply his way of “fighting back” because of the midterm elections. Sanders bristled.

No, it’s not because of the midterms. I’ve defended the president fighting back when he’s regularly attacked, there’s a difference. Doesn’t matter if there’s a midterm. The president is going to fight back.’

Jackson then asked the question on everyone’s minds as this president continues going after American citizens whose very lives are in danger because of his divisive rhetoric.

‘But at what point, does a national tragedy take precedence over the president needing to punch back?’

Sanders listed Trump’s accomplishments, citing a healthy economy and Trump’s readings off pieces of paper to condemn the attacks and express sympathy after hurricanes. She scolded reporters in the room for not focusing on those things and ignoring everything else while people are threatened and killed.

She then stormed away from the podium.

See the full press briefing below:

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