March 22, 2023

Jim Acosta just leapt to the defense of April Ryan after Trump’s “loser” attack on her

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Earlier today, Trump engaged in one of his favorite detestable past times: vilifying and insulting the free press. This time he went after CNN’s April Ryan, calling her a “loser” and claiming that she “doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing.” It was puerile, schoolyard bully behavior, completely unbefitting the Office of the Presidency and in perfect keeping with Trump’s vile personality.

The pathetic language was a transparent attempt to distract from the president’s atrocious week in which his party lost control of the House of Representatives and was implicated in campaign finance violations.

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Ryan, never one to back down from a fight as evinced by her numerous contentious run-ins with professional liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders, quickly took to Twitter to hit back.
She reaffirmed her devotion to the United States and promised to continue executing her journalistic duties. It was a professional, levelheaded response and speaks volumes about her sterling character.

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Now, CNN’s Jim Acosta has come to Ryan’s defense. Acosta made the news earlier this week after the administration lied about his interaction with a Trump aide during a press conference and used it as a pretext to revoke his White House access. He, like Ryan, has become one of the Republican Party’s favorite targets.

Acosta tweeted that April Ryan is an “incredible journalist and a wonderful person.” He added that anyone who knows her loves her and ended with the hashtag #1A, a clear defense of the First Amendment right to free speech that has been so perniciously undermined by Trump and his lackeys. Good on Ryan and Acosta for refusing to stoop to the president’s level.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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