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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany schooled CNN’s Jim Acosta after his multiple attempts to criticize President Donald Trump.
McEnany unloaded on the CNN White House correspondent during a press briefing Thursday after his question about the president’s delay in tweeting about coronavirus deaths went on to a smug assertion that Trump ought to be fact-checked over “many false and misleading statements” he’s made.
(Source: The Hill)
While the exchange began cordially at first, with the press secretary even complimenting Acosta on his tie, the mood quickly changed after he exposed his bias with a gotcha question related to the fact that the United States surpassed 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.
“That happened around 6:00 yesterday evening,” Acosta said. “It took until about nine in the morning for the president to recognize that on Twitter. What took him so long?”
Trump had ordered that flags across the country be lowered to half staff ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, as McEnany explained, but Acosta was not satisfied, pressing the inane issue again.
“We hit 100,000 yesterday evening, so 13 hours for him to recognize that and tweet about it,” he repeated, referring to the president’s tweet on Thursday.
We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000. To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
“As I noted, he lowered the flags to half-staff,” McEnany reiterated. “The president has said one death is too many. He takes this very seriously.”
Acosta went on with his next outrageous narrative, bringing up the recent move by Twitter in flagging Trump’s tweets, which prompted the president to slam the social media platform for adding a fact-check label to his tweets about mail-in voting.
The press secretary had delivered a scathing rebuke of the social media platforms on Thursday during a press briefing, rolling out a long list of examples of hypocrisy and blatant bias against the president and conservatives. The president sent a strong message to the social media companies on Thursday as he signed an executive order calling for a review of the legal immunities which shield them from content posted on their sites as he noted the “unchecked power” of the online platforms.
President Trump signs executive order, aims to fight ‘unchecked power’ of social media giants https://t.co/03R5500arp
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 28, 2020
“Shouldn’t the president be fact-checked, especially this president who has made so many false and misleading statements that has put fact-checkers to work across the world?” Acosta asked during Thursday’s briefing.
“These 18,000 false or misleading statements according to the Washington Post, if there’s any president out there we should be fact-checking, or political leader that should be fact-checked, isn’t it President Trump? Aren’t you trying to silence fact-checking by going after Twitter like this?” he added.
McEnany let him have it.
“First, I would say that I disagree with all, if not almost all, of those assertions that you’re making there
“If you’re going to get into the fact-checking business, there is no one that should be fact-checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about a number of things,” she fired back.
She delivered an undeniable list of “egregious” examples to back her point, including some from Acosta’s own network, before concluding: “So if anyone needs to be fact-checked, I think it should be the media.”
“News outlets make mistakes from time to time. We own up to those mistakes. We correct those mistakes,” Acosta whined, claiming the president never owns up to his “outright lies.”
“Not always,” McEnany pointed out. “I have many you guys haven’t owned up to.”
“Are you saying the President of the United States has never lied to the public before?” Acosta continued hogging up the spotlight with his pointless questions.
“I’m around the President. His intent is always to give truthful information to the American people,” MeEnany responded.
Twitter users cheered on the press secretary and applauded her takedown of the showboating Acosta.
wonder if Jim ever gets tired of having his rearend handed to him day after day after day…
— BG51 (@51bgg) May 28, 2020
I love that she knows these demons so well that she can anticipate their vicious questions and is prepared with an answer. Impressive.
— Bama_Girl2020 (@Bama_Girl2020) May 29, 2020
— MarceloR (@Marcelo_DK) May 28, 2020
— The Unknown Tweeter (@Hellrai59898925) May 29, 2020
You know it would be so nice for Jim to ask a real Pertinent Question Sometimes? It’s ASHAME he doesn’t have any…EVER!
— Candace C. Bradford (@candeebird) May 28, 2020
She’s a beast!!! She’s smarter than the whole press pool combined and proves it every time she gets up there!
— Adam Ruetz (@adamruetz) May 28, 2020
Can’t believe that POS Acosta gets to sit there and accuse the President of lying with no consequences. The arrogance in his tone is infuriating.
— Big Ben (@name_is_ben) May 28, 2020
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