CNN’s Jim Acosta caused a major stir on Wednesday after creating a wild scene at the White House, arguing with President Donald Trump, getting his “hard pass” credentials suspended, and was accused of placing his hands on a White House intern.
As noted by The Daily Wire, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the situation, and he did not hold back his thoughts on Acosta, who he called “childish” and “rude.”
Limbaugh said Acosta’s antics on Wednesday were indicative of how the media has been treating Trump since he took office.
Limbaugh then played a video clip of American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan, who also serves as a CNN analyst. During the news conference at the White House on Wednesday, Ryan was seen standing up and shouting questions at Trump when she was not called on or handed the microphone.
“There was another set of fireworks after Jim Acosta behaved as the childish, rude person he is. April Ryan of something called the American Urban Radio Networks decided to start asking questions when she had not been given the microphone, when she had not been called on. This is another radical leftist political hack that’s working as a journalist.”
“I’ll give you voter suppression. Take a look at the CNN polls, how inaccurate they were. That’s called voter suppression. But when he gave a reporter a chance to ask a question, Ryan attempted to interrupt repeatedly.
“The point is, that’s April Ryan, and she doesn’t have the microphone. When it’s a journalist’s turn, they have an aide in their passing a microphone around so everybody can hear the question. She was not given the microphone. She just started shouting questions out, ‘What do you mean voter suppression?’ When CNN runs all of these crazy polls showing the Democrats running away with everything, that’s voter suppression because it tends to make Republicans think there’s no reason to vote! It’s over, it’s hopeless! ‘Cause people believe this garbage!”
This entire situation began on Wednesday afternoon when President Trump held a news conference from the White House to discuss the midterm elections.
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.
After Acosta continued to interrupt Trump, claimed the president was “demonizing immigrants,” 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.”
In the video of the exchange, it appears that Acosta refused to hand over the microphone to a White House intern when Trump was trying to move on to another reporter.
While the intern 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.
Watch the full clip below:
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) November 7, 2018
In a slow-motion version of the clip, it appears Acosta did drop his hand on the intern’s arm, which looks like an attempt to prevent her from taking the microphone from him.
The clip below is from InfoWars’ Paul Joseph Watson, which CNN media host Brian Stelter claimed was “distorted.”
Is it really, Jim? pic.twitter.com/nNS9yFpcn9
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 8, 2018
Here’s an image from the video clip, which shows Acosta’s hand clearly on the interns arm.
@Acosta @cnn Refused to give up mic, turned away from intern when attempting to retrieve mic and then placed hand and arm on female intern. Do you deny the video? Do you deny your behavior and the photo? pic.twitter.com/zxvUizFt21
— David R. White (@dwhite1979) November 8, 2018
On Wednesday night, Acosta recorded a video and uploaded it to Twitter showing that Secret Service took away his “hard pass,” meaning his credentials to enter the White House.
Limbaugh said he agreed with the Trump administration suspending Acosta from covering the White House and warned that the media will continue to treat Trump and his officials this way until he leaves office.