Sarah Sanders Calls out CNN’s ‘Grandstanding’: ‘We Will Vigorously Defend Against’ Acosta Lawsuit

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CNN announced that they were filing a lawsuit against the White House after a heated exchange between CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta and President Donald Trump, which caused Acosta’s credentials to be revoked.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has kept firm in her stance that the White House will continue to suspend Acosta’s credentials after the recent press conference. Now, she’s standing strong to “vigorously defend against” CNN’s lawsuit.

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CNN filed a lawsuit against the White House in DC district court and is demanding Acosta’s credentials be returned.

“The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process.”

Read the full statement below:

In a White House press release, Sanders called CNN’s move “just more grandstanding” by the network.

“We will vigorously defend against this lawsuit,” she continued.

Addressing CNN’s remark on the First Amendment, Sanders explained how CNN has several other pass holders and “Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter.”

Sanders stood by her original statement when she reiterated, “The question is: did the reporter make contact or not? The video is clear, he did. We stand by our statement.”

Now she’s once again claiming that “he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions. This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters.”

The press secretary slammed Acosta for his “neither appropriate nor professional” manner.

“If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business.”

“Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN,” Trump said during the exchange.

Watch the video below:

After the White House revoked Acosta’s credentials, Acosta and CNN both called Sanders a liar, as IJR previously noted.

Trump, however, defended Sanders, calling Acosta “a very unprofessional man.”

He continued to share that the White House is a “very sacred place to be” and Acosta didn’t treat it that way.

“You have to treat the White House with respect. You have to treat the presidency with respect,” Trump added. “If you’ve ever seen him dealing with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, it’s a disgrace.”

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Bonnie Selzer Harber

Acosta needs to grow up and learn to share.


Poor Acosta! Such delusions of grandeur!

I. Chin

CNN = morons. 1st amendment guarantees free speech NOT access to White House events. It’s that simple.


CNN is not stupid, they know that. They are, as the WH suggests, “grandstanding”. Why? So when the Koolaid drinking Dims hear that CNN filed a suit, they’ll simply believe that CNN was wronged. They won’t research it, they won’t give it another thought. Because Dims are basically lazy headed non thinkers that swallow CNN tripe hook, line, and sinker.

I. Chin

The fish rots from the head. Acosta is symptomatic of an entire “i’m a “journalist” and therefore a celebrity” syndrome. Last time I checked the classic definiton of journalism, “celebrity” was absent. Making oneself the story is along those lines.

Your theory about the simplemindedness of Dims I believe to be true. The phrase “low information voters”, LIVs, was made just for them, but what can one say about a group that is more feeling than thinking?


“but what can one say about a group that is more feeling than thinking?”

Feelings are deceiving so making decisions based upon feelings is an inferior way to vote. I am sure Mr. Spock would agree as well!! 😁

I. Chin

Yes, but Spock also said “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” (Wrath of Khan). This is the whole ethos of Utilitarianism. q.v. Jeremy Bentham and the British healthcare system ( nightmare for many)

While I partially agree, I also ask from a Darwinist standpoint whether natural selection should not also apply to social systems. Unfit to survive on your own? Not “humane” but reality. q.v. the practices of the many societies including the Inuit, the Plains Indians, etc.

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