On Wednesday evening, the White House revoked CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass “until further notice.” During a post-midterms press conference, Acosta had attempted to ask Mr. Trump multiple questions of which he declined to answer and instead flew off the handle, calling Acosta a “terrible” person.
‘I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH. Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit.’
‘Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is under discussion for Attorney General, I’m told. Sources note he is well-liked inside the Federalist Society and has already been confirmed, making him less of a headache than other names under consideration.’
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
As the last Twitter user noted, Acosta was brave enough to ask questions that many Americans wanted answered and there was no way cowardly Mr. Trump was going to answer them. Trump woke up to the reality on Wednesday that he was going to have to answer to the U.S. House now and to Special Counsel Mueller, and at this point he is exceedingly nervous about the reality which he has been ushered into.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that Acosta’s press pass was revoked, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders showed a doctored video from Alex Jones’ Infowars which accelerated Acosta’s movements, making it look like he hit a White House aide he had an encounter with. According to The Washington Post:
‘The original video of Acosta’s (non-) altercation with a press aide shows the aide grabbing the microphone in Acosta’s hand and Acosta’s wrist landing on her arm as he gesticulates downward. The version of the video Sanders shared late last night, courtesy of Infowars, makes Acosta’s movement appear accelerated so that he seems the aggressor, and the movement itself seems aggressive. There is a tortuous debate over to what extent the clip was deliberately distorted, but the effect is clear enough. Acosta looks like Sanders wants him to.’
Trump has long been attacking the media and has called the press “the enemy of the people.” His actions toward Acosta have been one of the worst moves Trump has made toward the press in recent weeks and the White House refuses to apologize. Many stand in support of Acosta and the free press.
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