During todays press conference at the White House, things got physical when CNN reporter Jim Acosta got into a heated argument with President Trump about the migrant caravan. After Trump refused to take any further questions from Acosta, a female White House staffer appeared to get forcibly shoved by Acosta while trying to get the microphone from him.
The original videos caught only part of the physical exchange, but new camera angles are proving that Acosta truly used force to push the female staffer out of his way.
One Twitter user used the words “karate chop” to describe Acosta’s actions:
Sebastian Gorka suggested legal action against Acosta:
Albilio “Jim” @Acosta:
White House press staffer should have him charged with Actionable Assault. pic.twitter.com/kTMZ6nTkoL
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) November 7, 2018
Here’s another angle of the physical exchange:
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) November 7, 2018
After CNN posted a press released condemning the “attacks” against the free press, Benny Johnson from the Daily Caller had this to say in response:
The only person attack today was a female White House staffer who is attacked by Jim Acosta for doing her job https://t.co/OoCnzMTg4S
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 7, 2018
The heated back and forth began when Acosta said he was going to “challenge” Trump on his rhetoric used when speaking about the migrant caravan coming from Central America.
Acosta took issue with Trump referring to the caravan as an “invasion”, to which Trump shot back “I consider it to be an invasion.”
“As you know, Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion. It’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the U.S. … Why did you characterize that as such?”, Acosta shot back.
“Because I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinion,” Trump responded.
“Do you think you demonized immigrants?” Acosta replied.
“No, I want them to come into the country. But they have to come in legally. They have to come in, Jim, through a process. I want it to be a process. And I want people to come in. And we need the people,” Trump fired back.
Once Trump realized that this conversation was going nowhere, he called on another reporter for a question. However, Acosta kept shouting more questions about Russia.
At that point, a female White House staffer attempted to grab the microphone from Acosta, but the CNN reporter appeared to shove her arm down with great force.
Then, Trump openly blasted Acosta and CNN:
“I am not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation, because it is a hoax. That’s enough. Put down the mic. I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You are a very rude person. The way that you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. And the way that you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way,’ Trump concluded,
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