Trump rips into Jim Acosta for ‘nasty’ question, says this is why people ‘don’t want to listen’ to CNN

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set the marker during her appearance Sunday on CNN that the new marching orders are to attack President Donald Trump for his handling of the Chinese virus COVID-19, which was hampered by an alleged early denial.

With the coronavirus outbreak resulting in an unprecedented national emergency, as the U.S. economy has largely been shut down to counter the spread of the disease, the Democratic Party has fully politicized the crisis and their media allies have been quick to pick up on the marching orders.

Eager to please, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta confronted Trump Monday at a Rose Garden briefing, as if he was reading directly from Pelosi’s notes.

“What do you say to Americans who are upset with you over the way you downplayed this crisis?” Acosta asked, before pointing to words of encouragement Trump made a few weeks back about the virus one day disappearing.

Acosta then dropped the money line: “What do you say to Americans who believe that you got this wrong?”


Making no effort to hide his disgust with Acosta’s transparent agenda, the president defended his actions and, once again, called the media out — CNN in particular — for “nasty” questions in the face of a pandemic that is hurting many American families.

“Well, it will go away and I do want them to stay calm, and we are doing a great job,” Trump responded. “If you look at those individual statements, they’re all true. Stay calm, it will go away — you know that it is going away, and… we’re going to have a great victory. And, it’s people like you and CNN that say things like that — it’s why people just don’t want to listen to CNN anymore. You could ask a normal question.”

The reference to wanting to keep people calm comes amid a backdrop of the hair-on-fire media over-hyping the coronavirus outbreak, stirring the public into a near-panic as they emptied grocery shelves, even though there was no threat to the supply chain.

“The statements I’ve made are — I want to keep the country calm,” Trump added. “I don’t want panic in the country. I can cause panic much better than even you. I would make you look like a minor-league player, but you know what? I don’t want to do that. I want to have our country be calm and strong and fight and win, and it will go away.”

He then praised the White House coronavirus task force for all the hard work they are doing, as well as a number of private entities that are going above and beyond the call to be an active player in fighting the virus.

“I’m very proud,” Trump said. “It’s almost a miracle, and it is, how it’s all come together, and instead of asking a nasty, snarky question like that, you should ask a real question.”

He then moved on to another reporter.

President Trump should get credit for calling on antagonists like Acosta, as he knows what’s coming. Before the CNN reporter completed his first sentence, Trump could be heard saying, “Here we go.”

Perhaps, the president does so because he understands that the Trump-hating media are exposing themselves as biased political ideologues, and rational Americans will see this for themselves.


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