CNN’s Jim Acosta bizarrely argued that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric has created a climate in which “journalists can get murdered.”
While speaking before the Oxford Union Society in the United Kingdom, Acosta complained about Trump referring to the media as the “enemy of the people” could help create an environment where journalists are killed.
“Perhaps they won’t stop calling us the enemy of the people because it works so well with their people, but all of this adds up to one painful reality: this is a dangerous time to tell the truth in America,” Acosta began, adding that proponents of such rhetoric create “an atmosphere where people can get hurt, where journalists can get murdered.”
Acosta went on to mention his new book, titled, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America,” where he writes about his self-described “frightening” experiences while covering the administration.
The book will detail “never-before-revealed stories of this White House’s rejection of truth, while laying out the stakes for how Trump’s hostility toward facts poses an unprecedented threat to our democracy.”
According to Acosta, Trump’s rhetoric could lead to journalists being killed and his administration poses a direct threat to America’s democracy.
During a recent interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, Acosta said of his book: “Simply put, I am writing this book to share what I’ve experienced covering President Trump during his first two years in office. This sobering, bewildering, and sometimes frightening experience has made it absolutely clear that this is a dangerous time to tell the truth in America.”
“The president and his team, not to mention some of his supporters, have attempted to silence the press in ways we have never seen before,” he continued. “As just about everybody has seen, I have witnessed this first hand. As difficult as that challenge may be for the free press in America, we must continue to do our jobs and report the news. The truth is worth the fight.”
Acosta also recently made national headlines after he was temporarily banned from the White House over a heated back and forth with President Trump and a White House intern.
Acosta caused a major stir back in November after creating a wild scene at the White House, arguing with President Trump, getting his “hard pass” credentials suspended, and was accused of placing his hands on a White House intern.
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.
While the intern was trying to grab the mic, Acosta can be seen clutching it and continuing to yell his questions.