President Trump’s feud with CNN reporter Jim Acosta took a dramatic turn this morning when a judge ordered the president to give Acosta his press pass back and made it clear that the White House cannot unilaterally ban the press from covering the president just because they might ask questions that Trump doesn’t want to have to answer.
But our spiteful president has no intention of backing down. He issued a vicious warning to Acosta in his latest interview with FOX News’ Chris Wallace, threatening to have him “thrown out” or simply to cancel the news conference entirely if Acosta “misbehaves.”
“It’s not a big deal, and if he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference,” Trump told Fox News' Chris Wallace when asked about the court ruling to reinstate White House hard pass for CNN's Jim Acosta.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 16, 2018
Of course, the first time, all Acosta did was refuse to give up the microphone until he had his question answered, so we can safely assume that the Trump team is going to jump at the first perceived slight and come up with some preposterous excuse to kick him out.
The first time they did it, they doctored a video and then publicly accused Acosta of laying his hands on the White House aide who was dispatched to seize the microphone from him.
It only resulted in a lawsuit from CNN and Acosta against the White House.
.@KellyannePolls denies doctored video shared by White House was doctored
"What do you mean by 'doctored'?…Do you mean sped up? That's not altered. They do it all the time in sports to see if it's a touchdown. So I have to disagree w/ the overwrought description." #gaslighting pic.twitter.com/Eraq0Dp5AJ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 11, 2018
The president, who thrives off of animosity and loves nothing more than a good feud, isn’t likely to back off his unholy crusade against the free press and the First Amendment any time soon.
Lord only knows what happens next, but it is of vital importance that we don’t let him dictate what the press can or cannot do.