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 mock Gold Star families, call countries shitholes, cheat on his wife when she just had a baby, steal from students, pretend to be his own PR guy and mock the disabled? https://t.co/OBkbBWJQFh
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) November 16, 2018
Apatow’s statement pulled no punches and people were living for it.
Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes.
— Freddie the Flute (@FreddieFlute) November 16, 2018
You nailed it.
He quantifies it as, “Making America Great Again…” 🤦🏼♀️
— Roux Blanche (@Gem0614Ginger) November 16, 2018
His words led to others pointing out the numerous times the Trump White House didn’t concern itself with decorum.
"There must be decorum at the White House." pic.twitter.com/RFV85MEnGC
— Paul (@pablo_honey1) November 16, 2018
My favorite was the tweet he sent out threatening California that he would cut off funding when our state was in the middle of the deadliest wildfire in American history. Topped only by his joking about his hair at a rally he refused to cancel the day of the Tree of Life massacre
— Rebecca Riley ☀️🌎🌲🦋🌈✡️ (@emprestheodora) November 16, 2018
The revocation of Jim Acosta’s White House pass has put Donald Trump’s animus toward the press into even starker relief.