Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager for his 2020 re-election bid, has called on the White House to strip CNN‘s Jim Acosta of his press credentials after he pressed the president on DACA at the White House Easter egg roll on Monday.
An article which accused Acosta of “yelling at Trump” during the event was published by the right-wing propaganda rag The Daily Caller and subsequently caught the attention of Brad Parscale this morning,
Parscale included the article and suggested Acosta be suspended for “breaking protocol” as he “continues to embarrass himself and CNN.”
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) April 2, 2018
The incident in question began as Acosta inquired of Trump, “should the DACA kids worry?” DACA is the acronym for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, referring to undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children and who have grown up here most of their lives. They’re every bit as American as documented citizens.
In September of last year, in keeping with his campaign promise of “Undoing Anything the Last Guy Did,” Trump ended the DACA program and gave Congress six months to, as he put it, “do DACA.” It was an act transparent pandering to his xenophobic supporters.
In response to Acosta, Trump tossed outa well-rehearsed and oft-repeated soundbite at the CNN veteran:
“The Democrats have really let them down. They really let them down. It’s a shame. A lot of people have taken advantage of DACA. It’s a shame.”
Acosta corrected Trump with a simple question, “Didn’t you kill DACA?” Trump ignored the question and chose instead to continue signing autographs and grandstanding for the crowd.
Benny Johnson, a writer for The Daily Caller, shared a video of the incident on his Twitter. While he characterized the situation as Acosta “yelling” at Trump, the video shows that it was a perfectly civil and appropriate question from the CNN reporter.
Here’s Jim Acosta yelling at Trump about DACA while the president colors with Barron, Melania & children gathered at the White House pic.twitter.com/JCPsaREe8A
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 2, 2018
Contrary to Trump’s response to Acosta’s question, Democrats have pushed several measures to fix the DACA program, culminating in a government shutdown late in 2017. Trump has rejected everything so far, leaving the DREAMers in limbo while simultaneously reframing the issue as something created solely by his opposing political party.
Acosta offered a blistering response to Parscale’s tweet when he came across it:
Just doing my job.. which is protected by the First Amendment of The Constitution. You might want to give it a read. https://t.co/lbUZmxGPJO
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 2, 2018
Trump has long railed against what he deems “fake news,” which translates to any media outlet which disagrees with him. Of course, “disagrees” typically means “quoted Trump directly.” Trump and his allies have also cozied up to Sinclair Broadcasting Group in recent months, as the broadcasting giant makes its way across the continental US buying out local stations and forcing them to run pro-Trump propaganda.
In spite of these pressures, it’s imperative that journalists like Acosta persevere and hold Trump accountable for his actions.