“Not today, Jim.”
Soon after Sarah Sanders repeatedly shut down Jim Acosta at the White House press briefing, the CNN correspondent put out a call for “reporters to stick together.”
Acosta questioned the White House press secretary during Monday’s meeting about the appropriateness of shooting language used by President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudi Giuliani.
“You would have to ask Rudy Giuliani about his specific comments,” Sanders responded. “Thankfully the president hasn’t done anything wrong, and so we feel comfortable in that.”
Acosta pressed again, but Sanders cut him off.
“If I could ask a follow-up question … ” he said.
“Sorry I’m going to keep going,” she said. “Not today, Jim.”
Acosta shouted, to no avail, as he insisted others had gotten to ask follow-up questions. “No, they didn’t” Sanders replied.
Still stinging, Acosta took to Twitter later to posit his great idea of sticking together.
One way to address the briefing is for reporters to stick together when the press sec cuts somebody off. Ideally we could and should insist on answers if somebody is cut off. We don’t do that as much as we should. Problem is there is so little time and so many pressing q’s.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 4, 2018
But his attempt to rally the troops fell flat, predictably, as many responded to Acosta’s battle cry with resounding mockery.
The problem is that you are the weakest link and would then bring the rest down to your level.
— Vilified Ostracized (@brakinggnus) June 4, 2018
Or, they could take your approach a scream questions at inappropriate times like a lunatic
— Culper III (@CulperSpyRing) June 4, 2018
Jim…Everyone saw you act like a baby…GROW UP! pic.twitter.com/oAcQ6SgKJU
— Erick G. ? (@Erick_TheRed) June 4, 2018
There are also reporters who kinda hog the time and insist on follow up questions. Not mentioning names.
— René Saldaña, Jr. (@ReneSaldanaJr) June 4, 2018
Jim, must of America has had its fill of your whiny petulance. Please, for everyone’s sanity, stick a sock in it. Ty
— I’ll take that to go please (@MrJonnyCab) June 4, 2018
You also could try being polite and respectful. Just a thought.
— Barbara Winston (@BarbaraS370) June 4, 2018
Alternatively, you could act like an adult and do your job.
— Prof B (@BProfB) June 4, 2018
What an asshat! I mean, really, you’ve become a meme. Stay strong @PressSec ! No more bulldozing by the pampered press. If you say one question, they get one question. If they don’t like your answer, too bad, so sad, just move it on along!
— CHER LEE (@CeeLee_K) June 4, 2018
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