CNN Anchor Has The Perfect Response To Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ About Illegal Immigrants (VIDEO)
CNN’s Jim Acosta has a message for President Donald Trump, and he let that message fly in an interview with Don Lemon on Monday. No, millions of undocumented immigrants did not vote illegally in the election and hand the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
“That,” he told Lemon, “is a falsehood, full stop.”
Trump has claimed this repeatedly, he said, adding that this president never seems to know when to stop talking.
“When you take today for example, when [Donald Trump is] signing these executive orders in the oval office, when he’s meeting with business leaders and so on, and he has this opportunity to turn the page — his press secretary goes out in the briefing room today and has a fairly successful news briefing, at the very end of the day, when they could just tie a ribbon around the whole thing and go home and crack open a cold one when they get home, [Trump] has to go and ignite this controversy that just seems to be pulled out of thin air.”
But Trump loves to stir up controversy; he revels in it, so Acosta hammers his point home:
“Millions of people — millions of undocumented voters did not cast ballots in this election. That is a falsehood. Full stop.”
Discussing Trump’s verbal assault on the media over the past weekend, Lemon asked Acosta if Trump conducted himself in a way on the campaign trail that “warranted some very tough coverage because of the words that came out of his own mouth.”
Acosta concurred, and lit into White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who complained that negative coverage of Trump “demoralizes” the administration.
“There are going to be demoralizing days at this White House, and they’re going to have to deal with much bigger issues than inauguration crowd sizes,” Acosta said, according to Media Matters for America. “But what Sean Spicer was trying to do was to get to this point that there’s this automatic, default setting for negative news coverage when it comes to this president.”
And while Acosta acknowledged that Trump “does garner a lot of negative news coverage,” he echoed Lemon’s sentiment that it’s “primarily … because of things that have come out of Donald Trump’s mouth.”
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Earlier this month, Trump and Acosta were involved in a much-covered dust-up which galvanized members of the press, that culminated in The Columbia Journalism Review’s publisher, Kyle Pope, to write an open letter, issuing a few ground rules to the President. Acosta considers Spicer’s Monday briefing as an example of Trump attracting negative media coverage by himself.
“Take today for example,” Acosta said, noting Spicer had “a fairly successful news briefing” in contrast with Saturday’s hot mess of a news conference. That conference drew heavy criticism — even from people who weren’t journalists, CNN reports.
Ari Fleischer, who was press secretary under the George W. Bush administration, had this to say:
“This is called a statement you’re told to make by the President. And you know the President is watching.”
Others chimed in as well.
“Sean Spicer lacks the guts or integrity to refuse orders to go out and lie. He is a failure on this job on his first full day,” said Brian Fallon, who would have been Hillary Clinton’s press secretary had she won.
Bill Kristol, a conservative commentator added “it is embarrassing as an American, to watch this briefing by Sean Spicer from the podium at the White House. Not the RNC. The White House.”
Suffice it to say there will probably be many more embarrassing news conferences from the crew on the Trump Starship Enterprise.
You can watch Acosta and Lemon discuss the issues in the video below:
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