CNN’s Jim Acosta was visibly upset following Thursday’s press briefing after Sarah Sanders refused to agree with him that the press is not the “enemy of the American people,” the Daily Caller reported. And he made some bizarre comments, to say the least.
Here is the exchange between Sanders and Acosta:
CNN’s Jim Acosta asks Sarah Sanders about Trump’s comments that the media is the “enemy of the people”: “You did not say … that the press is not the enemy of people” pic.twitter.com/H3TJCFwiON
— Axios (@axios) August 2, 2018
CNN’s @Acosta on contentious WH press conference: “Honestly Brooke, I’m tired of this …. It is not right, it is not fair, it is not just, it is un-American to come out here and call the press the enemy of the people”https://t.co/1oGZa7f57j pic.twitter.com/sqEkOE89SM
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 2, 2018
Acosta immediately jumped on-air following the briefing to complain about the administration’s perceived lack of empathy toward journalists.
“We have to fact check them. We’re fact checkers in real-time with this president because he tells falsehoods and lies so much,” Acosta told Brooke Baldwin. “And it’s unfortunate the position that we’re all in right now. And I’m standing in this briefing room right now. There’s no government official here, but I’ll say that the press is not the enemy of the people.”
“And, you know, I think maybe we should make some bumper stickers. Make some buttons, you know — maybe we should go out on Pennsylvania Avenue like these folks who chant CNN sucks and fake news, maybe we should go out, all journalists should go out on Pennsylvania Avenue and chant we’re not the enemy of the people because I’m tired of this. Honestly, Brooke, I’m tired of this. It is not right. It is not fair,” Acosta said.