The CNN reporter has long been a thorn in the side of the Trump administration. Through Trump’s rhetoric, he quickly became emblematic of the network most reviled by Trump’s supporters until he became subject to aggression while covering the President’s rallies.
White nonsense. Pure and simple.
This video of people screaming at @Acosta at a Trump rally is everything that's wrong with Trump supporters. They are being manipulated by a Russian asset and they don't even know it or they don't care.#WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/XIx5Wtqs18
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 1, 2018
He was also personally rebuked by the President himself for being a “rude, terrible person” after he persisted in asking a question.
“You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN,” Trump told CNN’s Jim Acosta during a press conference in which he repeatedly clashed with reporters. pic.twitter.com/OvWCcFap5g
— POLITICO (@politico) November 7, 2018
After the exchange, the White House accused Acosta of physically assaulting the White House intern who attempted to take his microphone. They used an edited video to bolster their claims and revoked his White House credentials—a move they were forced to undo by court order.
Trump also refused to take his question in a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, dismissing CNN as “fake news.”
President @realDonaldTrump refused to take questions from CNN's Jim @Acosta at today's news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May: "CNN is fake news. I don't take questions from CNN. John Roberts of Fox. Let's go to a real network." pic.twitter.com/D8wEttbONQ
— Djan Erik (@djanerik) July 13, 2018
It’s easy to see why Conway felt comfortable enough to berate him so strongly.