Ever since he got personally singled out by President Trump as “fake news,” CNN’s Jim Acosta has revealed an apparent personal vendetta with the commander in chief during press appearances. Known for repeatedly yelling out accusatory questions at Trump, Acosta tried it again on Friday, this time very loudly from the back of a large room.
In a video captured by Politico, Acosta can be clearly seen cupping his hands around his mouth and bellowing, “Mr. President, will you stop calling us the enemy of the people, sir?”
“Will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people, sir?” he yelled two more times.
A man in front of him turned around and shushed him. Acosta says multiple people in the crowd shushed him.
Another man who appeared to be an associate of Acosta put his hand on the CNN reporter’s shoulder and steered him around. Acosta immediately stopped shouting.
Acosta and other journalists accused Trump of not responding to their questions. Considering the size of the room, the depth of the audience, and applause going on at the time, it seemed unlikely that the president could hear them.
In contrast, Trump defended journalists earlier during the event as he addressed the mass shooting that killed five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday. One Reuters editor had to publicly apologize for immediately blaming Trump for the shooting before the identity of the shooter or his motive had been revealed.
The timing of Acosta’s question suggested to some that he was making a veiled accusation that the president motivated the shooting.
“This attack shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief. Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job,” the president said, according to Mediate.