Jim Acosta is a total showboat and it is an insult that he still has a job in the White House press corps.
Instead of reporting the news, he goes out of his way to be a smug smartass, and it is a shame he didn’t learn the lesson Kellyanne Conway gave him the other day.
Because he just embarrassed himself when he topok a shot at Trump only to have it backfire spectacularly.
From Fox News: CNN’s Jim Acosta was mocked across social media on Thursday for posting a video that was meant to downplay President Trump’s claims of a border crisis — but ended up supporting his argument that border barriers improve security.
“Here are some of the steel slats that the president’s been talking about,” Acosta said while reporting from the southern border. “But as we’re walking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger.”
Acosta then declared there was “no sign of the national emergency that the president has been talking about” and it was “tranquil” near him. He captioned the video, “I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.”
CNN’s chief White House correspondent – who seemingly uploaded the video from a local Burger King – is in Texas awaiting Trump’s border visit. While Acosta often clashes with the president and his aides, pundits suggested he did the president a favor this time.
“Jim Acosta just posted one of the biggest self owns ever,” social media strategist Caleb Hull responded. ‘He’s walking along the border where there’s a wall in place talking about how there’s nothing that ‘resembles a national emergency situation’ and ‘there’s no migrants trying to rush.’ That’s because there’s a wall, Jim.”
I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today. pic.twitter.com/KRoLdszLUu
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 10, 2019
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) January 10, 2019
Earlier, Kellyanne Conway embarrassed Acosta in a classic exchange.
“Kellyanne, can you promise that the president will tell the truth tonight? Will he tell the truth?” Jim Acosta asked.
Conway responded, “Yes Jim, and can you promise that you will? The whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God? Am I allowed to mention God to you?”
Acosta shot back reminding her that he doesn’t have “an alternative facts problem” like she does.
“You know, Jim…make sure that goes viral,” she said. “This is why, by the way, this is why I’m one of the only people around here who even gives you the time of day.”
“And let me get back in your face, because you’re such a smart ass most of the time and I know you want this to go viral, a lot of these people don’t like you,” she said pointing to the gathered reporters.
And why would they? Acosta is a showboat always grandstanding at press conferences to build his brand, not even CNN’s.
Kellyanne defended her infamous “alternative facts” comment before smacking around Acosta by reminding him of CNN’s record with the truth.
“Don’t you put it back in my face, for all the corrections your network needs to issue. The disrespect that you show to me personally, I’ll just look past.”
Acosta tried to follow up with a weak, “Ma’am…” but Conway had enough and said, “No no, don’t call me ‘ma’am’ to make it up.”