Jim Acosta’s confrontation with President Donald Trump was the topic of heated discussion on Fox News Channel’s “The Five” which tore into the CNN correspondent for his “rudeness.”
Co-hosts weighed in on Acosta’s behavior which cost the CNN chief White House correspondent his press pass.
The intense exchange between Trump and Acosta escalated as the reporter refused to give up the microphone, or stop badgering the president with questions, after he had had his turn. Trump repeatedly asked Acosta to “put down the mic” and to sit down after he had already answered his questions – which were more like accusations.
Acosta not only refused to relinquish the microphone freely, he momentarily wrangled with a White House intern as she tried to retrieve the mic to pass on to another reporter. Acosta has been accused of laying a karate-chop on the intern’s arm in the exchange, a claim refuted by CNN which claimed the White House was just looking for “retaliation.”
Dana Perino noted that she felt particularly bad for the intern “caught up in that crossfire” as she attempted to do her job and move the microphone. Perino, who faced reporters herself when she served as the Bush White House press secretary, said the current climate between the media and the president is “on a whole different scale.”
Jesse Watters noted that in all the years of media interaction with a president during press conferences, he has never seen “someone refusing to let the president move on, refusing to hand over the microphone to the point where he’s actually instigating a physical confrontation.”
“He’s arguing with the president. He’s hostile to the president,” Watters continued. “This is not a question about a Watergate-era scandal, the future of the republic, war and peace. This is about how he’s characterizing the caravan. It’s a difference of opinion.”
Co-host Martha MacCallum thought the president walked into the room not realizing that despite how he viewed the election results in a positive light, others “had something totally different for breakfast.” Some members of the the press felt “emboldened in their rudeness,” MacCallum noted.
“There were moments in there today that I actually thought that a brawl might break out,” she added.
Greg Gutfeld shared that before the presser even began, the liberal media outlets were already “sharpening their knives,” pointing out how at CNN Acosta was speculating whether Trump would use the term “shellacking” to describe the election results.
“It wasn’t a shellacking, you bozos!” Gutfeld exclaimed. “It wasn’t even a blue wave!”
He then unloaded on Acosta and blasted CNN which proved it “can’t have nice things.”
“I think that Jim Acosta actually embarrassed all of those people in there with his behavior,” Gutfeld told his co-hosts. “What he said was ‘President Trump, would you agree with me that you’re a racist?’ That was what he was saying! And that’s what CNN wanted him to say. They cannot move from their bitter, emotional position.”
“The President came out there sounding positive and conciliatory. It didn’t matter,” he added. “It just proves that CNN can’t have nice things. You give ’em something, they don’t know what to do. They just throw a tantrum. Trump, I thought, handled it pretty well.”
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