CNN’s Jim Acosta Calls Trump’s America ‘Vicious’: ‘I Throw My Beer Cans At The TV’
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 13: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a rally at Howard University May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Sunrise Movement held an event for the final stop of the “Road to a Green New Deal” tour to “explore what the pain of the climate crisis looks like in D.C. and for the country and what the promise of the Green New Deal means.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta clearly suffers from TDS — Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Although he touts himself as a neutral “journalist,” Acosta has repeatedly expressed his dislike for President Trump.

Acosta has even written a book about it, entitled “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.”

So it should come as no surprise that at a book promotion event in Washington, D.C., to once again bash the president, Acosta called him “vicious” and “nasty.”

“We have to ask ourselves, you know, it is relieving, it is cathartic to lash out at that guy on the TV screen,” Acosta told audience members at the Hill Center, the Daily Caller reported.

“I throw my beer cans at the TV screen, too, when they’re empty from time to time, but I think we also have to take stock of what we’re doing at home, what we’re doing in our communities. What’s happening in our daily lives that is contributing to this culture of just viciousness? We’ve become a vicious, nasty country,” he said.

Acosta then lectured the crowd about what they need to do.

“My concern is, is that we’re tearing each other apart. And this is the country I love, too. My dad, as I said earlier, came over to this country from Cuba, came over here in 1962, three weeks before the Cuban missile crisis. [They] moved to Northern Virginia, which is where I grew up. There was a Presbyterian church in Vienna, Virginia, that gave my dad and my grandmother coats and sweaters so they could stay warm in their first winter here in the D.C. area. They had never been cold before,” Acosta said.

“Are we still that country anymore? Did John F. Kennedy call immigrants rapists and criminals back then? No,” the CNN reporter said. (Trump didn’t exactly say that, either, but Acosta doesn’t let pesky things like facts get in his way).

Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Monday that the Trump administration has put daily briefings on hold because of grandstanding reporters like Acosta.

“Ultimately, if the president decided it’s something we should do, we can do that, but right now he’s doing just fine and to be honest, the briefings had become a lot of just theater,” Grisham said on Fox News.

“And to be honest, the briefings have become a lot of theater. And I think that a lot of reporters were doing it to get famous. I mean, yeah, they’re writing books now. I mean, they’re all getting famous off of this presidency. And so, I think it’s great what we’re doing now,” she said.

Grisham says Trump has been more accessible than his predecessors, adding, “He’s his own best spokesperson.”

“They’re writing books now, they’re all getting famous off of this presidency, so I think it’s great what we’re doing now,” Grisham added.

Acosta has seemingly been on a mission to get famous during the Trump administration. When the media operation at the White House decided to take the daily briefing off-camera — in a futile attempt to stop all the peacocking — Acosta bemoaned the move. “Make no mistake about what we are all witnessing. This is a [White House] that is stonewalling the news media. Hiding behind no camera/no audio gaggles,” Acosta wrote on Twitter in June 2017.

But Trump knew from the start that Acosta was seeking fame from his coverage. In May 2016, then-candidate Trump interrupted a peacocking Mr. Acosta and said, “Excuse me, excuse me, I’ve watched you on TV. You’re a real beauty.”

Last November, Acosta again made headlines when he refused to relinquish a microphone during a White House press conference, prompting top Trump officials to rescind his press credential. A furious Trump, pointing at Acosta, said: “I tell you what: CNN should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person.”

Watch Acosta’s comments below: