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Sean Spicer Fires Back at CNN’s Jim Acosta: ‘Sad’ For Him to ‘Ridicule People Around’ Country

Sean Spicer fired back at Jim Acosta on Fox & Friends Wednesday over comments the CNN reporter made decrying the former White House press secretary.

In a splashy interview with Variety, Acosta discussed the Trump administration’s labeling the media as “fake news,” and lamented that “people around the country don’t know it’s an act.”

“They’re not in on the act and they take what he says very seriously and they take attacks from Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders and what they do to us on a daily basis very seriously,” Acosta said. “They don’t have all their faculties in some cases — their elevator might not hit all floors.”

Steve Doocy played the clip for Spicer on Fox & Friends, but mischaracterized Acosta’s comments by claiming he was saying Trump’s entire presidency is an act.

Spicer, who was appearing on the show to promote his upcoming book The Briefing, said Acosta features in his memoir of six months in the White House.

Ainsley Earhardt compared Acosta’s comments to Hillary Clinton’s damning “deplorables” remark, and Spicer said the CNN reporter’s comment “continues to show a lack of understanding” of “what’s going on in this country.”

Spicer argued that media elites like Acosta need to understand what’s going on in “rural America.”

“So, for Jim not to understand that, and for him to continue to dismiss, and frankly make fun of and ridicule people around this country, is really sad and really shows you how little of an understanding they have of what’s happening in this country,” Spicer said.

The former press secretary added that he would expect such comments from a “liberal activist.”

Spicer, whose time at the White House podium is best known for his ludicrous exaggerations about the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration, concluded with an appeal to fact-based journalism:

“I wasn’t attacking Jim,” Spicer said. “Frankly I was attacking the premise of bad stories, bad narratives, false information. And I continue to believe that that’s important. Because I believe in a fair and, I mean, I believe in the First Amendment. I believe in a robust press. But I don’t believe that false narratives should go unanswered. I think the lack of his understanding of what’s happening in this country is still a fundamental problem with so many people in the mainstream elite media.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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