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CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta was mocked online again after appearing to complain about a colleague wading through a massive, mostly unmasked, crowd of supporters at President Donald Trump’s Georgia rally Sunday night.
“My colleague @Kevinliptakcnn who was traveling with the WH pool also had to make his way through crowd to exit the same rally and says some supporters were pretending to cough and laughing as press was leaving the area. Disgraceful,” Acosta wrote on Twitter.
“This is rally roulette. Check out this video from @mattyhoyeCNN at Trump rally in GA. We had to make our own path through a massive crowd of Trump supporters. It was wall to wall people. Zero social distancing. Just a few folks here and there wearing masks,” he added in a follow-up.
My colleague @Kevinliptakcnn who was traveling with the WH pool also had to make his way through crowd to exit the same rally and says some supporters were pretending to cough and laughing as press was leaving the area. Disgraceful. https://t.co/SufVu9DgVz
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 2, 2020
Several users dragged Acosta for complaining.
If you have a mask on you’re good. Everyone else can make decisions for themselves. America.
— Jen Stroup (@JenStroup) November 2, 2020
If you’re going to preach every night on your cable news show about wearing masks and how masks save lives and how people who don’t wear masks are EVIL and BAD, and then you’re photographed many times without a mask then you deserve to be shamed and ridiculed.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) November 1, 2020
Call your own lid, Jim. Life is too precious.
— Cari Kelemen (@KelemenCari) November 2, 2020
Stay home Nancy
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) November 2, 2020
— Valiant_defender ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #RIPSGTPRESTON (@vabelle2010) November 2, 2020
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) November 2, 2020
Acosta has complained about a lack of masks and social distancing among the president’s fans and supporters at rallies since he began doing them again after taking time off while the COVID-19 pandemic spread.
“Very little social distancing and not many masks inside crowded airport hangar in Michigan for Trump rally,” Acosta tweeted during a rally the president held in Michigan in September.
But he was rebutted by Abigail Marone, a staffer for the president’s 2020 campaign.
“Hmm… @Acosta has no commentary on DC protests but complains about Michigan peaceful protests…” she wrote featuring a side-by-side graphic of Acosta tweets.
Hmm… @Acosta has no commentary on DC protests but complains about Michigan peaceful protests… 🤨 pic.twitter.com/VlRh81bANM
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) September 10, 2020
As for the president’s rallies, they have been steadily growing in size and enthusiasm since he returned to the campaign trail over the summer.
In Rome, Georgia, Sunday, Trump expressed confidence that he’ll win the state, which has become a legitimate battleground in recent years.
“You elected an outsider as president who is finally putting America first. And if I don’t sound like a typical Washington politician, it’s because I’m not a politician, thank you,” he told the raucous, cheering audience. “We’re there — and we’re going to win.”
He added: “There are going to be some heads exploding,” ahead of Tuesday’s vote, while going on to predict that a “great red wave” will engulf the electorate.
Noted the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Thousands showed up hours early for Trump’s rally at an airport on the city’s outskirts. A partylike atmosphere prevailed as supporters chanted “four more years” and waved giant American flags. Few wore masks, fewer practiced social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate, played to a much smaller crowd in Duluth, a Gwinnett County suburb that flipped blue in 2016.
Georgia, like other southern states, is seeing its economy grow as they have relaxed the most restrictive COVID-19 rules and allowed businesses, schools, and other places to reopen.
Economics writer Stephen Moore noted in May that there was also a political trend to reopening.
“One definite pattern has emerged: Republican states are reopening much more swiftly than Democratic states. A most notable case in point is the revival strategies of the four largest states. California and New York are closed for weeks to come; Florida and Texas are getting back in business now,” he wrote.
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