President Donald Trump delivered arguably the most brutal take down ever of CNN’s Jim Acosta on Wednesday while speaking with reporters.
During a news conference from the White House to discuss the midterm elections, the president took a barrage of questions from reporters on several topics.
When Trump called on Acosta for a question, it heated up very quickly.
“I wanted to challenge you on one of the statements you made at the tail end of the campaign for the midterm elections,” Acosta began. “Here we go,” Trump replied, apparently bracing himself for Acosta to ask a leading question.
Acosta was challenging Trump over referring to the migrant caravan as an “invasion.”
After Acosta gave his definition of the caravan, Trump sarcastically shot back: “Thank you for telling me. I didn’t know that.”
“Because I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinions on that,” Trump said.
Acosta then accused Trump of “demonizing immigrants.”
After Acosta continued to interrupt Trump and implied the president was wrong to call it an “invasion,” Trump was done playing nice.
“I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN,” Trump responded. “If you did it well, your ratings may be better.”
It appears that Acosta then refused to hand over the microphone to a woman who works for the White House. While the woman was trying to grab the mic, Acosta can be seen clutching it and continuing to yell his questions.
“CNN should be ashamed of themselves having you working for them. You are rude, terrible person. You should not be working for CNN,” Trump shot back.
“You’re a rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee Sanders is horrible. The way you treat other people is horrible,” Trump said, referring to his press secretary and other officials in his administration.
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) November 7, 2018
Acosta’s antics were condemned by many on Twitter.
That Acosta-Trump exchange was one of the most insane things I've ever seen
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) November 7, 2018
President Trump states CNN 's Acosta is "a rude, terrible person"
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) November 7, 2018
Find you someone who loves you like Jim Acosta loves Jim Acosta.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 7, 2018
Sadly, hardly anyone in the press pool asked Trump about the midterm elections.
On Tuesday, Democrats reclaimed the U.S. House of Representatives. However, Democrats lost several critical races across the country. Republicans won major gubernatorial races in Florida and Georgia.
The GOP also gained at least four seats in the U.S. Senate by winning in Missouri, Florida, Indiana, and North Dakota. Republican Rep. Martha McSally is expected to win the Senate race in Arizona to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, but the race as not yet been called as of Wednesday morning.
Sadly, Wednesday’s back and forth between Trump and Acosta has become common. The president is often faced with an aggressive media and reporters who insist on asking politically-infused questions.
The president continues to demonstrate that he is not going to back down when challenged, especially when it is Acosta and CNN.