Wednesday’s White House press briefing was highlighted by a tense showdown between White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta over the subject of immigration.
Acosta, in the briefing, said of the administration’s immigration policy, “It just sounds like you’re trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country.”
And Miller fired back by saying, “That is one of the most outrageous, ignorant, insulting, and foolish things you’ve ever said.”
Twitter had lots to say about the heated battle, with reaction largely falling along partisan lines. Here’s a sampling of those who thought Acosta got the better of the exchange:
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 2, 2017
Credit to @Acosta for keeping it together.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 2, 2017
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 2, 2017
Stephen Miller to reporter: “This reveals your amazing cosmopolitan bias to an amazing degree….”
Miller’s from Santa Monica, went to Duke. pic.twitter.com/xMdvwls4La
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) August 2, 2017
Stephen Miller and Jim Acosta arguing about Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty. This is how the world ends.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 2, 2017
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) August 2, 2017
Stephen Miller calling Jim Acosta “ignorant” is something else
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 2, 2017
And here are a few Tweets from those who thought Miller got the best of the dialogue:
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 2, 2017
According to my timeline, Jim Acosta thinks the Statue of Liberty decides immigration laws.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 2, 2017
Miller was quite good at pointing out Acosta’s “cosmopolitan” bias 😂 https://t.co/HuN9WO5Uw0
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) August 2, 2017
— Melissa Francis (@MelissaAFrancis) August 2, 2017
.@Acosta an advocate for a political point of view, not as a neutral reporter. He’s not even playing the devil’s advocate. This is bias.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) August 2, 2017
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) August 2, 2017
My advice for @acosta is to learn something about an issue before talking about it, but what do I know
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) August 2, 2017
Meanwhile, April Ryan — CNN political analyst and Washington Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Networks — summed the proceedings up thusly:
What just happened! We hit a new low today! Lawd!
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) August 2, 2017
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