On November 8, 2018, President Trump held a press conference following the Midterm Elections to discuss topics like illegal immigration, the Mueller investigation, and voter suppression. This conference was a more heated one from start to finish. This is due partly to the President’s more recent actions. When confronted, it seemed as though Trump was starting to crumble under pressure.
Now temporarily banned from any future press conferences, Jim Acosta stood to ask the President, “I want to challenge one of your statements that you made at the tail end of the campaign, that the caravan was an invasion. As you know Mr. President, that caravan was not an invasion. It’s a group of migrants moving up towards the border. Why did you characterize it as such? Do you think that you demonized immigrants?” Trump responded with, “No not at all. I want them to come in, but it has to be through a process. Do you know why? We have hundreds of companies moving in. We need the people.” Acosta then said, “But your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls. They’re not going to be doing that. Trump then said, “Well they were. They weren’t actors. Do you think they were? They didn’t come from Hollywood.” After Acosta informed the President that those immigrants were thousands of miles away, Trump’s final remarks were “You know what? I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN. If you did it well, your ratings would be much better.” Although Trump’s responses were extremely unkind, Acosta remained professional and proceeded to finish his questions. Trump got so upset that he almost walked off of the stage. After Acosta sat down, Trump went back to the mic and said “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude and terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for them. The way you treat people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way. When you report fake news, you are the enemy of the people.”
Following Acosta, was NBC reporter Peter Alexander. He defended Acosta and attempted to ask his question, but was then interrupted by Trump to insult Acosta again.
Later in the conference, President Trump also got into a heated argument with journalist, April Ryan and a PBS reporter. He refused to let Ryan ask her question. After being confronted about his recent nationalist comment, he responded with “Why do I have the highest poll numbers with African Americans? That’s such a racist question.”
Before I sift through all of Trump’s rhetoric, I want to point out how every time he’s asked a difficult question, he loses his cool and becomes overly defensive. That is unacceptable as president, but of course he gets away with it –like everything else. They are reporters and are supposed to ask tough questions — it’s their job. Your job is to answer those questions with the same respect that was given to you.
To start, why is the president still receiving an immense amount of support after he is proven to be a liar time and time again? He knows that the caravan was NOT an invasion. After all, they’re hundreds of miles away. How could it be? They are no threat to us, but his ad suggests differently. The immigrants traveling with the caravan are planning to go through a port of entry and completing the entire process to become U.S. citizens and Trump knows this. It’s ironic that he refers to Acosta as a ‘terrible person’. A terrible person gets footage of immigrants trying to escape poverty and fight their way to America and edits the footage to look as if thousands of them are coming through the borders of our country to attack us. A terrible person puts that footage out to the public and blames the democrats for letting them in, in order to instil fear and rage into his supporters. A terrible person promotes violence and leaves the rest of the country to cope with the consequences that result from his words.
And to his comments about CNN, should we be more upset with them reporting ‘fake news’ or the President of the United States feeding the public over 6,500 misleading statements?
Secondly, I’m sure we’re all wondering how a question can be considered racist. If you ask me, it’s just another tactic to distract from the question at hand, which by the way, never got answered like every other question posed to him or his administration. Also, assuming Trump only told the PBS reporter that he has the highest poll numbers among African Americans because she was black, that still doesn’t account for much. Only 3% of his voters are African American, so I’m not too sure how that supported his argument.