White House press secretary Sarah Sanders got into a heated exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Thursday over President Donald Trump labeling “fake news” organizations as “the enemy of the people.”
Acosta challenged Sanders to declare the press is not “the enemy of the people.” Sanders responded by pointing the finger right back at Acosta and the rest of the media.
Watch the tense video below:
“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 said. “Repeatedly, the media resorts to personal attacks without any content other than to incite anger.”
She continued, “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 took it even further, revealing that she is the first press secretary in U.S. history to require Secret Service protection.
“The media continues to ratchet up the verbal assault against the president and everyone in this administration,” she added. “Certainly, we have a role to play, but the media has a role to play for the discourse in this country as well.”
Acosta tried again to get Sanders to say the media are not enemies of the American people, but again he failed.
“I appreciate your passion, I share it,” Sanders said. “I’ve addressed this question, I’ve addressed my personal feelings. I’m here to speak on behalf of the president; he’s made his comments clear.”
The media, seemingly stunned by Sanders's remarks, had a meltdown on Twitter.
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