White House press secretary Sarah Sanders locked horns with CNN reporter Jim Acosta over the White House’s treatment of the press during Thursday’s press briefing. It got intense.
On Friday, Mike Huckabee, Sanders's father, broke his silence and defended his daughter from Acosta.
Before we get into that, let's have a brief recap of the Sanders-Acosta exchange from Thursday.
“It’s ironic, Jim, that not only you and the media attack the president for his rhetoric when they frequently lower the level of conversation in this country,” Sanders told Acosta. “Repeatedly, the media resorts to personal attacks without any content other than to incite anger.”
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She added, “The media has attacked me personally on a number of occasions, including your own network; said I should be harassed as a ‘life sentence,’ that I should be choked; ICE officials are not welcome in their places of worship; and [their] personal information is shared on the internet.”
Sanders concluded by accusing the media of continuing to “ratchet up the verbal assault against the president and everyone in this administration.”
Predictably, Acosta ran to the news cameras to whine about how Sanders wouldn’t proclaim verbatim that the media weren’t the “enemy of the people.”
Huckabee issued a blistering response to Acosta, educating the reporter on what his daughter's job actually is at the White House.
“I don’t know what he thinks the job of Press Secretary entails, but just for his edification, it doesn’t mean you stand in front of reporters giving your own opinions, or contradicting the President, or ‘explaining’ what he ‘really meant’ when he’s not told you that he meant anything other than what he said,” Huckabee wrote. “It’s not her job to interpret what the President thinks based on her own preconceived notions or to substitute her personal opinions for the facts she’s supposed to be relaying to the American people. That seems to be what Jim Acosta thinks his job is.”
He continued, "I think her answer was so perfect (it must’ve been if it got Jim Acosta to leave the room) that it deserves to be read word for word... I believe my daughter put it so well, I don’t need to add a thing."
Huckabee also posted this tweet about "little Jim Acosta."
Huckabee is just doing what all dads do — standing up for his kid.