Donald Trump has been dishonestly attacking CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta for as long as anyone can remember. That’s because Acosta, along with a handful of other White House correspondents, has been consistently fearless in asking tough questions from day one. This week Trump once again called the media the “enemy of the people” during his rally in Florida. This led Acosta to go on the offensive during today’s White House press briefing.
Jim Acosta asked Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whose job is to work with the media on a daily basis, to definitively state that the media is not the “enemy of the people.” This led Huckabee Sanders to rattle off a long list of dishonest criticisms of the media, falsely painting Trump as the victim. Acosta was less than impressed, and he let her know as much.
Acosta fired back with “You did not say in the course of those remarks that you just made, that the press is not the enemy of the people.” He then added “For the sake of this room, for the people in this room, this democracy, this country, all the people around the world that are watching what you’re saying, Sarah, and the White House for the United States of America, the President of the United States should not refer to us as the enemy of the people?” After she still refused to answer his question, Acosta eventually got up and walked out before the briefing was over.
It’s been widely reported that Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on her way out at the White House, and that Donald Trump’s new Communications Director Bill Shine is already crafting a shortlist of potential replacements. Yet, even as Trump is preparing to disloyally cast her aside, Huckabee Sanders is still willing to go out there and dishonestly humiliate herself for Trump’s benefit. Jim Acosta ended up tweeting “I walked out of the end of that briefing because I am totally saddened by what just happened. Sarah Sanders was repeatedly given a chance to say the press is not the enemy and she wouldn’t do it. Shameful.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report