Besides being a successful president with a wide array of achievements on his belt, President Donald Trump is also a master troll who enjoys poking and prodding his enemies.
Enemies like CNN loudmouth Jim Acosta, in particular, whose current career trajectory involves him endlessly pestering the president with stupid questions, perhaps in the hope of one day earning an award for being America’s worst “journalist.”
Now flashback to Friday, when Trump savagely shut Acosta down during his press conference with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May:
While this was in itself historic — future historians will point to this press conference as the moment Trump let the whole world know “CNN is fake news” (it is) — the masterful troll job the president performed less than 24 hours later was in itself quite spectacular.
In a tweet posted the following morning, Trump specifically slammed both Acosta and his employer once again but also took a second to issue a somewhat backhanded compliment to the beleaguered “fake news” journalist.
“So funny! I just checked out Fake News CNN, for the first time in a long time (they are dying in the ratings), to see if they covered my takedown yesterday of Jim Acosta (actually a nice guy),” he wrote. “They didn’t! But they did say I already lost in my meeting with Putin. Fake News……”
Acosta’s “actually a nice guy?” Who knew!? It’s unclear whether the president was being serious or just trolling. Either way, neither Acosta nor his peers cared for the tweet.
Takedown? I don’t think so. Perhaps we should even the playing field next time and you can take my question. (You’re right about one thing.. I am a nice guy) https://t.co/CpSV9sqiqK
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 14, 2018
Why would you treat a nice guy like that? Why would you brag about a takedown and see if you were getting attention for it if you know you went at a nice guy? That’s not what we learned where we both grew up. Biggest man in the room doesn’t need to take pot shots. https://t.co/8yahwfHPNK
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) July 14, 2018
“You’re right about one thing.. I am a nice guy,” Acosta arrogantly wrote.
Genuine nice guys tend to just act nice, versus touting their niceness, but OK. Check out social media’s reaction to their tweets below:
“Objective journalist” https://t.co/IKFZnsBw94
— Stephen (@sdp___) July 14, 2018
Chris doesn’t watch his own network. Can’t blame him. https://t.co/HLrx2rxCM2
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) July 14, 2018
Media and everyone else takes lot shots all the time at him. He could be an angel and it wouldn’t matter! Over this whole thing! Social media is making a mockery of America.
— Factsnotfiction (@Fixtionpolice) July 14, 2018
Hint: Jim Acosta isn’t really a nice guy, and he’s actually part of the problem.
— Mullah Yonderboy (@LupusWanderboy) July 14, 2018
Acosta is a unprofessional, rude, and smarmy person. Your failure to recognize that is another example of why CNN is dying. #FakeNews
— Journalism is Dead (@RationalCalm) July 14, 2018
I disagree Acosta’s not a nice guy hes rude, arrogant, ignorant & an embarrassment to the rest of the reporters. He’s not a reporter he’s a gotcha type of disgrace. He embarrassed himself w/NK & once again embarrassed himself & cnn. Trump called him what he, cnn & you are FAKE
— Jim Marhevka (@JimMarhevka) July 14, 2018
Is Acosta really a nice guy, though? It depends on how you define nice. Does bragging about rudely interrupting a historic ceremony make one a nice guy? How about shouting questions at the president during a White House Easter event with impressionable little children present? Is that a nice thing to do?
The question is highly debatable.
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