At Thursday’s White House press briefing, CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to bully Sarah Huckabee Sanders into parroting a line after him as if she were a six-year-old child. When she refused, he stormed out of the room and angrily tweeted about it.
In case you missed the past 48 hours of wall-to-wall media coverage, Acosta was heckled by Trump supporters at a rally the president spoke at in Tampa, Florida. While the White House correspondent was trying to do a standup report from the scene, rally-goers yelled “CNN SUCKS!” and other rude things at Acosta. For two days he was salty about it and tweeted that “the press is not the enemy,” a line later repeated in the form of a question to Ivanka Trump at an event.
The harassment Acosta faced got a gross level of nonstop attention, including this segment from “The Late Show,” in which Stephen Colbert fangirls over the CNN reporter’s “display of bravery.”
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 2, 2018
This brings us to Thursday afternoon at the White House briefing. Hours after President Trump’s daughter said the press is not the enemy of the people at an Axios event earlier that day, Acosta launched into a five-minute exchange with Sanders about the phrase.
“It would be a good thing if you were to state right here at this briefing that the press — the people who are gathered in this room right now, doing their jobs every day, asking questions of officials like the ones you brought forward earlier — are not the enemy of the people,” Acosta said. “I think we deserve that.”
As soon as Sanders tries to respond to Acosta’s soliloquy guised as a question, the CNN reporter immediately interrupts her. When the White House press secretary calls him out for interrupting not only herself but another female reporter moments earlier, Acosta doubles down, saying that he needed to interrupt because he didn’t like the things that she was saying!