Trump Supporter Pressures Acosta, Asks Him To Name 1 Thing He Actually Likes About Trump


If there’s been one truly unexpected upside to the Trump presidency, it’s the emergence of Jim Acosta as an unintentional comic genius.

Now, there have been plenty of people in the media who have become unmoored from the docks of reality, but Acosta hasn’t so much drifted from the harbor as he has turned on the motor, gunned the accelerator and headed out to sea with gusto.

This means he’s always been good for a laugh these past 16 months, particularly when he lets slip an unintended truth or two about the media and his employer. And boy, did he ever manage to do both when someone managed to track him down at the president’s Nashville rally earlier this week.

Trump fan Greg Aselbekian posted the video to Facebook on Thursday.

“At the Trump rally, I had the opportunity to meet CNN’s Jim Acosta,” Aselbekian wrote. “I asked him a question worthy of filming. Of course he gave me a CNN-like answer!”

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So, what was the question? “I’m here with Jim Acosta from CNN. I’m just wondering Jim — can you name one thing you like — truly like — about the Trump presidency?”

“The Trump presidency — hey, it’s good for news!” Acosta responded.

Is that your final answer, Jim? Maybe using a lifeline here might not be the worst idea.

For instance, you could call a friend — like Jeff Zucker, who would likely start screaming incoherently like a wounded animal the moment he realized you were about to utter those words while a Trump supporter was filming.

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This is perhaps the among the most incriminating things he could have said without losing his job. It’s also the most Acosta-ian thing that Acosta has ever said. Even Aselbekian acknowledged that this is roughly what he expected from CNN.

“I believe he revealed the truth — that the constant bashing of Trump is just for news and their ratings,” Aselbekian told The Daily Caller. “It’s truly sad!”

I suppose CNN started covering news as if it were a reality TV show during the Obama administration, but Acosta’s comment reveals just how deep that current runs. To CNN, this is all “Real World 3: San Francisco” and Trump is Puck. That’s where they are. It’s all entertainment.

CNN seems oblivious to the fact that Trump is able to take perfect advantage of this kind of thing. Not only is he familiar with the press and how it operates on an entertainment level, he’s also able to use CNN’s biased coverage to rally his supporters. How else do you think he would be able to call them “very fake news?”

This seems to annoy them to no end; the company line is always that this is delegitimizing the press. But the press is delegitimizing itself. Just listen to Acosta and how easily that answer came to mind. It may have been a joke of sorts, but the quickness with which it escaped his lips proves that this isn’t someone who has a problem with Trump on a policy level, he has a problem with Trump because it’s good business.

Of course, it probably doesn’t help that Acosta is a figure of fun. This is a guy who had a meltdown of sorts when he didn’t get to ask a question for three straight press conferences and was recently caught on camera using a variation of the “Do you know who I am?” line on the Secret Service.

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So, yes, the best thing about Trump to Acosta may be that he’s good for news. However, he should probably be aware that the best thing about Acosta — at least for me — is that he’s good for laughs.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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