Courtesy of NBC News:
President Donald Trump’s ongoing feud with Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, boiled over on Wednesday, with Trump verbally berating the journalist before the White House ultimately suspended his press access.
Acosta tweeted Wednesday night that he was denied access when he tried to enter the White House. He added in another tweet that he didn’t “blame” the U.S. Secret Service agent who stopped him.
“I know he’s just doing his job,” Acosta wrote.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders later issued a statement that said the reporter’s “hard pass” was suspended as a result of his attempt to keep control of a microphone during Wednesday’s news conference with the president.
She said Acosta put “his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern” during the session, a claim that doesn’t appear to be supported by video of the incident.
The press secretary called Acosta’s behavior “absolutely unacceptable.”
This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
First off, even this tweet is full of lies.
Secondly, go ahead and watch that video up above a few times and you can see who accosted whom.
Twitter quite literally seemed to explode in response to Acosta losing his press credentials, and there were a number of tweets that contained video of the female staffer and Acosta wrestling over the microphone.
I think this one was the best.
— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) November 8, 2018
Yeah, it is pretty clear that Acosta did nothing wrong here.
Trump just wants him gone for daring to ask the hard questions that he does not want to answer, and he is trying to hijack the #MeToo movement to give him a credible reason for doing it.