‘That’s Enough. Put Down the Mic’: Trump Shuts Down Jim Acosta in Heated Exchange Over Migrant Caravan

In his first press conference after the midterm elections, President Donald Trump clashed with CNN’s Jim Acosta after an explosive back-and-forth over the migrant caravan.

Acosta began his questioning by asking about Trump’s statements regarding the migrant caravan, including follow-up questions about the controversial advertisement the White House ran that addressed border security after the election.

The two didn’t make it long before tempers flared.

Watch:

Acosta: I wanted to challenge you about one of the statements you made at the tail end of the campaign in the midterms.

Trump: Here we go. Come on.

Acosta: You said that the caravan was an “invasion.”

Trump: I consider it to be an invasion.

Acosta: Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion. It’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the U.S.

Trump: Thank you for telling me that, today. I appreciate that.

Acosta: Why did you characterize it as such?

Trump: I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinion.

Acosta: Do you think you demonized immigrants?

Trump: No, no. I want them to come in legally. You know, they have to come in, Jim, through a process. I want it to be a process. And we need the people. You know why we need the people? Because we have hundreds of people coming in. We need the people.

Acosta went on to question why Trump ran the controversial ad that compared the members of the caravan to an illegal immigrant who killed American citizens. The president doubled down on his sentiment that the caravan is an invasion.

Acosta pushed back, saying, “They’re hundreds of miles away.”

“Why don’t you let me run the country,” said Trump, adding, “You run CNN. If you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”

From there, Trump tried to move to the next question, but in typical fashion, Acosta didn’t let go of the microphone, prompting the president to say, “That’s enough. Put down the mic.”

Watch:

After it became clear that Acosta was going to keep asking questions, the president said:

“I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You are a rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible and the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way. ”

Even after staff took the microphone away from Acosta, he continued to shout at the president, condemning him for calling the media the “enemy of the people.”

Trump didn’t bat an eye, saying, “When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.”

It is pretty clear those two won’t be friends anytime soon.

What do you think?

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Screwtape
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So…a bunch of people break your laws and force their way into your country. I’d like Acosta to explain how this is NOT an invasion. Should we call them nation-rapers, i.e. forcible violators of laws AND sovereignty?

Phyllis Softa
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Asylum seekers is one suggestion that comes to mind—and the US has a process in place for asylum seekers. It is granted or denied in accordance with US law.

Screwtape
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Except that they have already lost the opportunity to request asylum having passed through Guatemala and having refused Mexico’s offer of asylum. That part is also US law. Do some research before you run your mouth.

They want the freebies offered by Uncle Sugar at our expense.

Phil, how about you sponsor some of these invaders? Put up or shut up. If YOU won’t bear legal/financial responsibility then you can’t say shit about anyone else doing so.

Screwtape
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There ARE mechanisms by which Acosta can be banned from the White House. Acosta is not the only ego pretending to be a journalist. April Ryan just started yelling out questions (you can hear her in recordings) with no regard for courtesy or protocol. There’s a reason they were passing the microphone and not just to make the reporters audible.

Phyllis Softa
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Is “courtesy or protocol” still a thing in the Trump White House? Firing his SOS via tweet, insulting our allies, praising murderous dictators, & calling a woman “Horseface” are considered courtesy & protocol”? Journalist do not force Trump to proclaim himself a nationalist. No one forces Trump to claim middle easterners, MS-13 members and hardened criminals are in the caravan. But if he says it, it is the responsibility of the press to ask him for the proof of his assertions.

Screwtape
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Sure Phil. Blame the White House when the press is violating the standards of behavior.
Once again you wander far afield of the actual topic and drag in the kitchen sink.
You must be a joy at holiday gatherings.

FYI, explain what’s wrong with being a nationalist, then explain if it’s so wrong why you still live here.

Screwtape
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I’ve sort of missed you bobbleheaded mouthings, not unlike a cold sore.

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