Director and producer Judd Apatow may be behind some of America's favorite comedies, but when it comes to President Donald Trump's treatment of the press, he's dead serious.
With the news that CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta's clearance to the White House had been restored after the reporter challenged Trump's answers to some of his questions, the president attempted to assure Americans that he values the sanctity of a free press with the stipulation that the press must be respectful of him, saying:
"We want total freedom in the press…but you have to act with respect. You’re in the White House."
Apatow thought that was rich coming from Donald Trump, and he made sure to let us know with a tweet ruthless enough to rival the president himself.
I love when the rudest cruelest man who acts like a pig all day demands that people act with respect.Doesn’t he moc… https://t.co/aHEW5IiJCY— Judd Apatow (@Judd Apatow)1542392429.0
Apatow's statement pulled no punches and people were living for it.
@JuddApatow Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes.— Freddie the Flute (@Freddie the Flute)1542393890.0
@JuddApatow #Judd2020— Edward (@Edward)1542392498.0
@JuddApatow You nailed it. He quantifies it as, “Making America Great Again...” 🤦🏼♀️— Roux Blanche (@Roux Blanche)1542402495.0
His words led to others pointing out the numerous times the Trump White House didn't concern itself with decorum.
@JuddApatow This guy demands respect? https://t.co/4g7a5G9d67— 🇺🇸 TDL_TEJAS 🇲🇽 (@🇺🇸 TDL_TEJAS 🇲🇽)1542397838.0
@JuddApatow "There must be decorum at the White House." https://t.co/RFV85MEnGC— Paul 👻 (@Paul 👻)1542392619.0
@JuddApatow My favorite was the tweet he sent out threatening California that he would cut off funding when our sta… https://t.co/krX6xXKLg3— Rebecca Riley ☀️🌎🌲🦋🌈✡️ (@Rebecca Riley ☀️🌎🌲🦋🌈✡️)1542393596.0
The revocation of Jim Acosta's White House pass has put Donald Trump's animus toward the press into even starker relief.
At a press conference following the Democrats' many victories in the 2018 midterms, Donald Trump became enraged at Acosta for continuing to ask questions once the president dismissed him.
Trump became visibly angry, saying to Acosta:
“CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.”
A young female White House staffer attempted to take Acosta's mic away, however he dodged her arm when she reached for it. The next day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shared a doctored video which was sped up to make Acosta's dodge appear far more aggressive than it was.
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior cl… https://t.co/xLP6P2Mm9k— Stephanie Grisham (@Stephanie Grisham)1541647999.0
Watch.. Red motion is when they doctored video speed. Video sped up to make Jim Acosta's motion look like a chop https://t.co/9fT69EqRJs— KT CounterIntelligence (@KT CounterIntelligence)1541776953.0
CNN filed a lawsuit against the White House for the revocation, charging that it violated the right to a free press. The judge sided with the network and Huckabee Sanders announced that the pass would be restored for the time being. However, it appears that Trump isn't about to take his sights off Acosta, warning:
"If he misbehaves, we'll throw him out or we'll stop the news conference."
Despite many attempts by the president and White House officials to assail Acosta's character, it appears most Americans agree with Apatow.
@thehill I'm so glad that my tax dollars are being spent on frivolous court cases attacking the freedom of the pres… https://t.co/YqUUNeDa6A— Melly (@Melly)1542403821.0
@markknoller @chrishanrahan @Acosta Respect should work both ways, Sparky.— Captain America's shieldmaiden (@Captain America's shieldmaiden)1542392294.0
@thehill Ummmm. Does that work the other way round? #Acosta #Trump #2waystreet— Dr. Mark Shanahan (@Dr. Mark Shanahan)1542403797.0
The White House is reportedly writing new rules on decorum for reporters that the president says will make press conferences more orderly and civil. Yet judging from the way he's treated the press since the start of his campaign in 2015, that respect won't be returned by him.