“CNN sucks.” “Liar.” “Traitor.”
Those are just a few of the jeers that CNN’s Jim Acosta faced when he tried to do a live hit at a “Make America Great Again” rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Tuesday.
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The network’s chief White House correspondent tweeted about facing a “sad scene” in Tampa, where he faced down a crowd of people who flashed him the middle finger and wore shirts with slogans such as, “f*** the media.”
“I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt,” Acosta tweeted.
The president’s son Eric later tweeted a video that showed Trump supporters chanting CNN and hashtagged it “truth.”
Acosta responded, “No Eric. Not the truth. And you know better.”
Others tweeted in Acosta’s defence.
Acota later tweeted that he chatted with Trump supporters, saying that he “took more questions from them than the president has taken from the press lately.”
He said, “one of the surprising things I heard tonight in Tampa is Trump supporters saying I should be on their team.
“Anybody remember when we were all on the same team? I do.”
Acosta’s experience at the Trump rally came as the president has labelled the press an “enemy of the people” and accused journalists of spreading “fake news.”
Trump met with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger on July 20 and said they spent “much time talking about the vast amount of fake news being put out by the media and how that fake news has morphed into the phrase, ‘enemy of the people.’ Sad!”
Sulzberger later issued a statement that he was concerned that the president had labelled the media an “enemy of the people” and that he warned that this “inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”