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Acosta Dismisses Critics Who Say He Wants To Be The Story: ‘I’m Allowed To Care About This Country’

CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta brushed off his critics Wednesday night who accuse him of wanting to make headlines.

Appearing on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert pressed the reporter about how the media reacts to President Donald Trump‘s constant attacks.

“Do you worry that the president points at y’all so much and there’s a natural need to respond as a human being that you end up being the story when that’s not really the goal of your journalism?” Colbert asked.

“We’re not supposed to be the story, you know. That’s not why I’m out there,” Acosta responded. “I get accused of that from time to time and my attitude is ‘Listen, I’m allowed to care about this country as much as anybody else.'”

“Look at the socks!” Colbert jumped in.

And after taking a brief moment to point out Acosta’s very patriotic red, white, and blue socks, he elaborated.

“If you think that, you know, you can take children away from their parents on the border and put them in cages, if you think you can demonize immigrants and call them rapists and criminals, if you think that you can distort the sense of reality that we all have on a daily basis by telling lie after lie and falsehood after falsehood and not face any hard questions, I think you’re just not living in the same United States of America that I live in,” Acosta told Colbert.

“I thought you were going to say, ‘Then you might be Donald Trump,'” Colbert laughed.

Watch the clip above, via CBS.

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