This type of craziness would have never happened during the Obama presidency. A video expert had told The Associated Press that the video appeared doctored to speed up Acosta's arm movement and make his gesture more threatening; the White House used that encounter to justify pulling Acosta's credentials. You have to treat the White House with respect.
Trump interrupted her and responded, "I don't know why you say that, that is such a racist question". "To be honest. You aren't the best", he said. CNN, she said, was irresponsible to suggest the president was to blame for a pipe bomb sent to the outlet in October. You shouldn't be working for CNN.
With such a toxic relationship, it is unbelievable that the President and Sarah Huckabee Sanders even participate in press conferences and allow themselves to be abused by the liberal and hostile media. Indeed, he warned, to do so would risk validating the president's enemy-of-the-people narrative.
Alexander came to his colleague's defense. But I watch you a lot.
Ms Sanders went on to share a clip that appears identical to one published by cable network C-SPAN, writing: "We stand by our decision to revoke this individual's hard pass".
"I understand", Alexander said, attempting to ask a question. Just as ravenously, Trump supporters want the president to take the media to the mat.
In a tweet posted soon after Trump's comments, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said: "This is a threat straight out of an authoritarian playbook".
Addressing a question about suspending press credentials for other reporters, Trump did not rule out the idea. CNN Communications (CNN's PR Twitter account) released a statement on Twitter that read, "This President's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far".
"They are not only risky, they are disturbingly un-American", CNN tweeted after the exchange.
It's clearly the right move, but there's no way Trump would punish his press secretary for smearing a reporter.
She has the support of many fellow journalists, including Jim Acosta.
"It could be others also", he said. "We strongly reject the idea that any administration would block a journalist's access to the White House".
- Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) November 9, 2018.@AprilDRyan, @abbydphillip, @Yamiche - among finest reporters covering the White House, plus April on the beat for decades.