During his recent media conference, President Donald Trump called on CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. Acosta is well known for not only being adversarial to Trump and press secretary Sarah Sanders, but for being a showboat and making himself part of the story.
Acosta did not fail to disappoint on the latter count. When called upon, he did not decline the opportunity, but instead acted the part of a “white knight.” He asked for a female reporter to be called upon afterward. Trump’s response is classic Trump:
The exchange immediately caught attention and, of course, made headlines. There were multiple takes on it, from multiple quarters.
Mark Steyn weighed in on the matter during an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” He pointed out that, “Female reporters generally are tough. They don’t need ‘Gentleman Jim Acosta’ to hold the door for them to let them through so they can get a question in”
He then referenced an old movie that featured a tough female reporter. “Rosalind Russell, in ‘His Girl Friday,’ 1939, 80 years ago, Rose Russell played a tough, no-nonsense reporter. She’d have punched Acosta’s lights out for the condescension in that question.”
He was not alone in his assessment of Acosta’s statement as sexist and condescending. Twitter users also commented on Acosta’s words.
Thank goodness Jim Acosta was there to plead for the female reporters. They surely would have sheepishly just sat like bumps on a log until a brave white man like Acosta came to their rescue. What a dork!
— Driver-82 ?? (@HowardJax50) September 27, 2018
Those gals had to stand behind a man to get something.
— The Truth (@JunkTruth) September 27, 2018
Some thought, perhaps, Acosta should have gotten his wish, but in a different way. Funny how feminist warrior Jim didn’t think of this:
I would have loved for the President to have told Acosta to sit down and he’ll take a female reporters question instead of his.
— Norman Gross (@normgross393939) September 27, 2018
Of course, the showboating was noted. As was the “me first” aspect of Acosta’s “heroism”:
As good a reporter as Jim Acosta is, he violated a cardinal rule of journalism: do not become part of the story. He was totally showboating when he asked POTUS to call on female reporters. Why does Acosta think that's his role? @realDonaldTrump @CNN @Acosta
— MarkWeinberg (@MarkWeinberg40) September 27, 2018
This is far from the first time Trump and Acosta have had a heated exchange. Twitchy pointed out a different time Trump called out Acosta for being rude.
At a meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Acosta is reported to have yelled at the foreign leader, “So are you going to give up your nukes?”
CNN confirms it was predictably Jim Acosta that yelled “So are you going to give up your nukes?” at Kim Jong Un during the photo op.
— Dr Gina – Text “TRUMP” to 88022 (@RealDrGina) June 12, 2018
Later, Trump reminded Acosta to “mind his manners,” so to speak. Twitchy wrote, “Later on, President Trump even called on Acosta, but not before telling him to ‘Be nice. Be respectful.’”
When British Prime Minister Theresa May was in town, Trump and Acosta had another infamous exchange. This one added in the “fake news” charge:
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 13, 2018
Other people have also called out Acosta for his antics. That has not stopped him thus far:
— Guy Short (@Shortguy1) September 25, 2018
Radio and TV host Mark Levin has attacked Acosta over his antics multiple times. He’s called him a “Drama queen” and “a Clown.” He’s also called him a “fraud.”
— swamp fox news (@ARMYOFTRUMP2) August 10, 2018
Not only do female reporters not need Acosta to help them do their job, but his condescension and sexism are cringe-worthy. It will be interesting to see if any establishment media female reporters ever take him to task over his latest round of virtue signaling or if they opt to be quiet, going along to get along.
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