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 clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
Red motion is when they doctored video speed. Video sped up to make Jim Acosta's motion look like a choppic.twitter.com/9fT69EqRJs
— KT CounterIntelligence (@KremlinTrolls) November 9, 2018
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.
I'm so glad that my tax dollars are being spent on frivolous court cases attacking the freedom of the press. Trump is so weak and insecure.
— Melly (@mphillig) November 16, 2018
Respect should work both ways, Sparky.
— Captain America's shieldmaiden (@jeditigger) November 16, 2018
— Dr. Mark Shanahan (@LeapfrogMark) November 16, 2018
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.