A day after being thrown out of the Oval Office by President Trump, CNN White House correspondent (and possibly the biggest contributor to CNN’s whopping four wins at last night’s ‘Fake News Awards’) hit back at the president during an event at the Washington DC-based Newseum.
After being asked about CNN’s banner performance at the Fake News Awards, Acosta tried to turn the notorious epithet back on the president by proclaiming him “The King of Fake News.”
“Having been called fake news myself…
I can say: “The president is the king of fake news.”
Acosta then listed several of Trump’s most memorable falsehoods, including his advocacy of the Obama birther movement and his claims that he lost the popular vote due to widespread voter fraud (though, to be sure, there are more documented incidences of voter fraud than the media would like to admit). Acosta insisted that Trump’s tendency to lie is “just a fact.”
“I don’t want people to think I’m saying this because I have an axe to grind…it’s just a fact.
We’ve been saying there’s an apple and there’s a banana. We’re sticking with Apples, They’ve been throwing out a lot of bananas.
“It’s unfortunate that the president has sunk to that level where he has to go around issuing these kinds of awards,” Acosta said.
“It’s just not what you would think would happen in this country.”
As a counter-event to Trump’s Fake News Awards, the Washington DC-based Newseum presented the “Press Oppressor Awards,” giving Trump the “Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom.”
Earlier this week, Trump ordered Acosta out of the Oval Office when he tried to ask questions connected to the president’s recent reported remarks about “shithole countries.”
WATCH: Jesse Watters Says Democrats Angry That There’s No Collusion
Fox News personality Jesse Watters, who hosts the show, “Watters World,” and is a big supporter of President Donald Trump, said Saturday that Democrats are angry that Robert Mueller found out that Trump is not a Russian agent.
Watters made the remarks Saturday as part of his opening remarks, during his weekly show on Fox News Channel.
“Mueller found [President Trump] wasn’t a traitor after Democrats for two years falsely accused him of being a traitor,” Watters said. “Instead of being relieved, they’re angry.”
“[He] was fighting back against their false allegations,” he continued.
This was an attempted take-down or Coup D’Etat!
.@JesseBWatters: "Mueller found [President Trump] wasn't a traitor after Democrats for two years falsely accused him of being a traitor. Instead of being relieved, they're angry."
"[He] was fighting back against their false allegations."
Attempted take-down of a President! pic.twitter.com/TMTdOVEZP7
— Harry Cherry (@TheHarryCherry) April 22, 2019
Lewandowski Contradicts Mueller, Says Trump Never Asked Him to Help Fire Special Counsel
President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Friday on Fox News that he did not receive a request from the president to help fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller alleged in a report of his findings released on Thursday by Attorney General Bill Barr that the president asked for Lewandowski to help with getting Mueller terminated as Special Counsel.
Lewandowski refuted that allegation, however, in an appearance Thursday with Ed Henry on “Fox News at Night.” Henry was filling in Thursday for the show’s host, Shannon Bream.
The special counsel detailed the allegation that President Trump asked Lewandowski for assistance firing Mueller in his report, which said:
Two days after directing McGahn to have the Special Counsel removed the President made another attempt to affect the course of the Russia investigation. On June 19, 2017, the President met one-on-one in the Oval Office with his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, a trusted adviser outside the government, and dictated a message for Lewandowski to deliver to Sessions. The message said that Sessions should publicly announce that, notwithstanding his recusal from the Russia investigation, the investigation was “very unfair” to the President, the President had done nothing wrong, and Sessions planned to meet with the Special Counsel and “let [him] move forward with investigating election meddling for future elections.” Lewandowski said he understood what the President wanted Sessions to do.
One month later, in another private meeting with Lewandowski on July 19, 2017, the President asked about the status of his message for Sessions to limit the Special Counsel investigation to future election interference. Lewandowski told the President that the message would be delivered soon. Hours after that meeting, the President publicly criticized Sessions in an interview with the New York Times, and the issued a series of tweets making it clear that Sessions’s job was in jeopardy. Lewandowski did not want to deliver the President’s message personally, so he asked senior White House official Rick Dearborn to deliver it to Sessions. Dearborn was uncomfortable with the task and did not follow through.
“This notion in the report that the president asked you to go and help fire Robert Mueller — true or fake news,” Henry asked Lewandowsky. “No, the president never asked me to help him fire Robert Mueller,” Lewandowski replied.
“Look, Ed, as you know and have articulated well, I’ve been a friend of the president’s for many many years now and he and I have had multiple conversations, which I always respect the privacy of those conversations,” Lewandowski continued. “And we talk through things all the time, whether it’s any issue that presidents [sic] want to talk about, but never did the president ask me to go and fire Robert Mueller, nor do I have any authority or did I have any authority to do so.”
“So, did you talk to Robert Mueller’s investigators about this point?” Ed Henry asked Lewandowski.
“You know, I have a very candid conversation with the people who were asking questions … I told them exactly what happened … that on numerous occasions, over the course of the last two and a half years, I’ve had the privilege and honor of going into the White House, and speaking to the president, sometimes in private and sometimes with other people,” Lewandowski said.
He told Fox News host Ed Henry that he always keeps the content of his conversations with the president private.
.@CLewandowski_ contradicts Mueller, says that President Trump never asked him to help fire Robert Mueller.
"No, the president never asked me to help him fire Robert Mueller," Lewandowski says. "I've been a friend of the Presidents for many many years now." pic.twitter.com/vZcUVM40Dm
— Harry Cherry (@TheHarryCherry) April 20, 2019
WATCH: Tucker Slams Jim Acosta For Epic Self-Own At McAllen Border Barrier
On Thursday, Fox News Anchor Tucker Carlson praised CNN’s Jim Acosta for one of the biggest self-owns: making President Trump’s case for a border wall.
“In fact, this debate is over. We’re not getting a barrier along our southern border. We can’t, not now, not ever,” Carlson sarcastically proclaimed. “That possibility was permanently destroyed today by a fact-seeking missile of truth launched by one of our country’s premier cable news outlets in a single devastating act of journalism, CNN killed the wall. Took their biggest guns to do it.”
Tucker then begin to play a video, streamed Thursday by Acosta, which showed him idiotically saying that there was no crisis at the U.S. border — an argument he made while standing at a section of the border with a barrier — in the middle of the afternoon.
“You see that? Take that, you nativist bigot freaks, you creepy wall obsessives. Jim Acosta just spanked you. He was there, not in some cushy, air-conditioned studio in Washington with the rest of the talking heads,” Tucker continued.
Tucker then humorously joked that Acosta was out in the field, doing the type of “hard-boiled shoe-leather reporting” that made him a household name.
Tucker added: “Not a single illegal alien was anywhere near that wall. There was no tent city. There were no predatory gang members or coyotes. MS-13? Not there. There was no sad suffering caravan. Everything was just fine or as Jim Acosta so memorably put it, the area around that steel barrier was pretty tranquil.”
Here’s Acosta owning himself:
The steel slats don’t run the entire length of the border in the McAllen area. We found one part where there is a chain link fence. Occasionally migrants come thru but residents say their community is quite safe. pic.twitter.com/ivpPl0XT48
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019