Jim Acosta Challenges Sarah Sanders to Call CNN the ‘Enemy of the People’: ‘Shouldn’t You Have the Guts?’


The first White House press briefing in almost a month seemed destined to include a showdown between CNN’s Jim Acosta and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. And sure enough, that showdown materialized.

Acosta asked the press secretary about President Donald Trump‘s “enemy of the people” attacks on the “fake news media” — which the Commander-in-Chief renewed Monday morning on Twitter.

“Shouldn’t you reserve the term ‘enemy’ for people who are actually the enemy of the United States, rather than journalists?” Acosta said.

“The president’s not referencing all media,” Sanders said. “He’s talking about the growing amount of fake news that exists in the country. The president’s calling that out.”

Acosta pressed Sanders — wanting to know if the White House puts CNN on that list.

“Would that include my outlet, which received bombs last week?” Acosta said.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily specific to a general, broad generalization of a full outlet at times,” Sanders replied. “I think there’s individuals that the president would be referencing.”

The CNN White House correspondent followed up once more.

“I mean, if the president is going to say the ‘fake news media are the enemy of the people,’ and if you’re going to stand there and continue to say that there are some journalists, some news outlets in this country that meet that characterization,” Acosta said. “Shouldn’t you have the guts, Sarah, to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?”

“I think it’s irresponsible of a news organization like yours to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the president — not just blame the president, but blame members of his administration for those heinous acts,” Sanders said. “I think that is outrageous and I think it’s irresponsible.”

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