President Donald Trump came unglued at his post-midterms press briefing Wednesday afternoon, unleashing a volley of personal insults at CNN’s Jim Acosta after he asked the president about his mischaracterization of the migrant caravan making its way to the U.S.-Mexico border as an “invasion.”
“I think you should let me run the country and let you run CNN,” Trump lashed out at the CNN White House correspondent. “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.”
“You are a very rude person,” Trump continued. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible,” he said, referring to the White House press secretary. “You shouldn’t treat people that way.”
During the heated exchange, a White House aide could be seen grabbing and attempting to physically remove the microphone out of Acosta’s hand.
When NBC’s Peter Alexander tried to stand up for his peer, Trump lashed out at him as well.
“In Jim’s defense, I’ve traveled with him and watched him. He’s a diligent reporter who busts his butt,” said Alexander.
“I’m not a big fan of yours either, to be honest,” Trump lashed out.
"You are a rude, terrible person!"
— Jason K. Morrell (@CNNJason) November 7, 2018
Trump later called Acosta the “enemy of the people.”