On Friday, after President Donald Trump gave a speech marking the 6 month anniversary of the passage of his tax cut plan, CNN reporter Jim Acosta shouted a question to the President from the back of the room:
"Will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people?"
"Mr. President, will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people," CNN Journalist Jim Acosta shouted at the… https://t.co/ZD4QRict5b— POLITICO (@POLITICO)1530291521.0
Acosta described the scene on Twitter:
I tried to ask the president if he would stop calling us the enemy of the people. He did not respond.— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1530291517.0
We also had a few folks who shushed is in the audience. Of course we are not going to be shushed. https://t.co/ZbSYaTVYti— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1530292155.0
This comes a day after 5 people were killed in the newsroom of Annapolis newspaper The Capital Gazette.
The killer was identified as Jarrod Ramos, who had a long-standing grudge against the newspaper. Many, however, felt that the rhetoric employed by the President and his administration against the media -- for example, calling them "the enemy of the people" -- was not helpful, at best, and, at worst, may have contributed to the tragedy.
Acosta's fans cheered him on.
You are the man @Acosta 🙌🏻 https://t.co/JUhyt7mFXi— Danny Ocean (@Danny Ocean)1530310444.0
@politico @4majorityOfUs This is another example of what is so desperately needed right now. Thank you @Acosta!— Lefty no More (@Lefty no More)1530293569.0
Needless to say he never got an answer to his question.