Fresh off of humiliating CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta on social media, President Donald Trump humiliated the prickly correspondent again during an Oval Office roundtable Friday afternoon held promptly after his return from the southern U.S. border.
Following the roundtable’s conclusion, the various White House correspondents present began peppering the president with questions. Included among the correspondents was Acosta, of course.
“Sir, you don’t have anything to say about the accusations that you’re over-hyping the problem at the border?” the temperamental correspondent, known for his childish outbursts, asked.
But instead of responding to Acosta’s question — which has been answered dozens of times already — the president chose to thank him. Why? Watch the video below to find out:
“Thank you very much. Thank you. Good job yesterday. I appreciate your sales pitch. I appreciate your sales pitch yesterday,” the president sarcastically replied, referencing Acosta’s previous humiliation.
Prior to the president’s arrival Thursday in McAllen, Texas to inspect the border and speak with local officials, Acosta shared a bizarre video to social media in which he tried to debunk Trump’s factually valid argument that a wall would reduce illegal immigration.
“Here are some of the steel slats the president has been talking about right here,” he said in his video as he pointed to a steel-slat-constructed fence along the McAllen border.
“As we’re talking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger. They’re no migrants trying to rush toward this fence … no sign of the national emergency that the president has been talking about,” he added, completely oblivious to the glaring irony of his observations.
Watch that stunning video below:
As noted afterward by the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and a host of other people on social media, Acosta had inadvertently managed to prove that “walls work.”
Even the president joined in on the mocking, using the trending “Dear Diary” meme to poke fun at the CNN correspondent’s stunning lack of awareness and common sense.
Dear Diary… https://t.co/NAuMaQW6fl
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2019
This was humiliation #1. What happened Friday was humiliation #2.
“I didn’t — I didn’t see an invasion at the border, Mr. President,” Acosta replied to Trump’s gratitude.
“You didn’t? I know. That’s cause we have a wall,” the president said, rubbing it in.
“Jim, thank you!” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders could then be heard saying.
“Actually, Mr. President, there were portions that didn’t have a wall,” Acosta replied.
“Some people are dumb. A lot of people are dumb. Good promotion for us. It was a great promotion,” the president concluded, mocking CNN for its unintentional help in proving his point.
It was a completely unintentional promotion pieced together by a network that’s virulently opposed to the president’s desired border wall.
Case in point: On Thursday the network reportedly asked San Diego news station KUSI to produce a report on how U.S. Border Patrol agents feel about the wall. But when the station informed CNN that local agents support its construction, the network rescinded the request.
Like the station’s correspondents noted, “They didn’t like what they heard from us.”
“CNN asked if KUSI would provide a local reporter to offer our local view of the debate, especially to learn if the wall works in San Diego,” the correspondents explained Friday.
“KUSI offered our own Dan Plante, who’s reported many times that the wall is not an issue here. In fact, most officials believe it is effective.”
Higher-level current and former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have said the exact same thing.
But for reasons that remain unclear, CNN apparently found these facts discomfiting.
“Now knowing this, CNN declined to have us on their programs, which often present the wall as not required in other places, like the stretch of the Texas border the president visited earlier today,” KUSI’s correspondents noted. “They didn’t like what they heard from us.”
That the same network that pulled this stunt would then unintentionally prove that “walls work” has provided great fodder for social media’s many comedians. And that the proof was provided by none other than the network’s most anti-Trump voice appears to be icing on the cake.
Now check out social media’s reaction to the Acosta’s latest humiliation:
A visual representation of Acosta attempting to dunk on Trump: pic.twitter.com/j5IsCA7l1t
— BlazeTV (@BlazeTV) January 11, 2019
This is epic
— simonsaid (@smnsaid) January 11, 2019
“That’s because we have a wall” 🔥😂
— Prince 👑 (@prince_vince28) January 11, 2019
THAT’S my @POTUS
— Jae (@JaeLGFitz) January 11, 2019
“I didn’t see any [migrants]”
“because there is a wall.”
10/10 best president ever
— MachiavelliNuck (@MachiavelliNuck) January 11, 2019
Jim Acosta must be pro border wall. He sure sold everyone on it! 🤣🤣🤣
— Donna (@dnharris27828) January 12, 2019
Jim “perpetual-baby-foot-in-mouth” Acosta strikes again. 🤣👌
— HaitianLeg (@HaitianLeg) January 11, 2019
Thank you Capt. Obvious
— Don Stratton (@RealDStratton) January 11, 2019
Hahahahaha just look at the wry grin on the DON – priceless 😂😂😂😂😂
— Jeffrey Holmes (@Jholmes1968) January 12, 2019