Yesterday’s early afternoon press conference by President Trump will surely go down in history as one of the nation’s most raw and brazen.
The President took questions from the press for well over an hour yesterday, after moseying through a short, prepared statement on the midterm elections.
At times, the President was combative with the press. At other times, he was demure and almost a bit dejected. But he was never not Trump. He was bombastic and bellowing, letting it be known exactly how he feels about what this nation is coming to.
During a particularly heated exchange between Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta, a White House intern was sent to retrieve the microphone from the oft-annoying newsman. At that point, a struggle for the mic occurred, and the White House took umbrage to Acosta’s handling of the intern, thusly suspending his press credential.
The move was predictably lambasted by the media as yet another example of the President’s contempt for the press, but White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was quick to defend the maneuver.
This didn’t go over so well on Twitter.
If blocking an intern from taking a mic is assault then Lewandowski actually murdered Michelle Fields and now I’m friends with a ghost
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) November 8, 2018
This is not what happened. You could have banned him simply for refusing to abide by any of the normal rules of the press room. No need to state something happened that didn’t. https://t.co/p9hgtVE8eZ
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 8, 2018
The White House pays lip service to due process while falsely accusing Jim Acosta of being violent towards a young woman. Trump and the Republican party don’t have any guiding principles other than what benefits them at the moment. It’s politics of lies and selfishness.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) November 8, 2018
Sarah Sanders has defended the motion, despite the backlash received on Twitter and in the media.
There has been no word yet as to the duration of Acosta’s punishment.
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