Well, that was very presidential.
Courtesy of The Hill:
President Trump on Wednesday sparred with reporter Jim Acosta in a press conference, at one point calling him a “rude, terrible person” and telling him CNN should be “ashamed” of employing him.
The heated exchange began after Acosta questioned Trump over his characterization of the migrant caravan heading toward the southern U.S. border. As Acosta pressed Trump on his past comments regarding the caravan, the president appeared to grow increasingly angry.
“CNN should be ashamed of themselves, having you working for them,” Trump said after Acosta gave up the mic. “You are a rude, terrible person.”
He then said Acosta shouldn’t be working for the network.
Trump’s barbs came after Acosta, a frequent critic of the White House, questioned Trump’s characterization of the migrant caravan as an “invasion.”
“I consider it to be an invasion,” Trump responded.
“Well Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion, it’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border.”
Here’s another angle on the altercation.
LOL someone’s pretty cranky after having such a successful night! (STOP EVERYTHING AND WATCH THIS) pic.twitter.com/y1I7jv0MB9
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 7, 2018
Did you see that staffer attempting to pull the microphone out of Jim Acosta’s hand?
This was actually only one of a number of very contentious responses that Trump gave reporters during this press conference today.
He also got pissed off at a reporter who asked him if his claim of being a nationalist was racist, and really lost it when another reporter pointed out that his actual approval ratings among African Americans were only 8% after Trump claimed they were the “highest ever.”
But at least those reporters had the opportunity to ask their questions, he just kept telling April Ryan to sit down when she tried to get a response.
Trump repeatedly tells April Ryan to “sit down” when she tries to ask him a question pic.twitter.com/6Th5pBxQtU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 7, 2018
What a shit show this whole thing was today.
And clearly, despite what he said repeatedly, Trump is NOT happy with the way the midterms turned out last night.