CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta is back in the headlines again. This time he crossed the Angel Moms as well as President Trump. Agnes Gibboney is a legal immigrant who didn’t hesitate to take Acosta head on. Her son was murdered by an illegal immigrant and Acosta had the nerve to address the children these Angel Families lost as being killed by ‘alleged illegal immigrants’.
Acosta started by trying to sound sympathetic and then subsequently proceeded to dismiss the families because of their support for President Trump. Gibboney schooled Acosta the minute the mics came her way.
“Yes, I’m a legal immigrant. My family came through the right channels,” Gibboney stated.
“And this is my only son, Ronald Da Silva, who was murdered by a previously deported illegal alien,” she said, raising a sign bearing the image of her murdered son. “We need to secure our borders to protect American citizens. President Trump is completely correct on this issue,” she proclaimed. “We need to protect this country.”
“These ladies feel very passionate, feel very strong, because of the ordeal they went through, that President Trump is on the right in this issue,” Acosta said after her impassioned comments. He insinuated that Trump was playing on their emotions through his border security agenda in the face of opposition from the left.
“It just adds a lot of emotional energy to this issue, and you can tell just by being here in the Rose Garden, Kate, that this is a very charged issue for a lot of these family members here,” he said. “(Trump) knows it’s going to be tied up in the courts, it’s going to be a court challenge over the next couple of years.”
Before that though, Acosta issued his telling description of the family members being mourned by Angel Families as having been “allegedly killed by undocumented immigrants.” Allegedly? What kind of leftist spin is that? Talk about insensitive.
And notice that Acosta did not even address the fact that Agnes Gibboney came to America as a legal immigrant. She should be applauded for that just as I applaud my son-in-law who came here legally from Denmark. Americans love immigrants… who come here the right way, the legal way. Not criminals who sneak in the back door.
After Angel Moms confront Jim Acosta, he invites them to join him on air pic.twitter.com/VCL5DyzgXZ
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) February 15, 2019
Acosta failing to make the distinction between ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ immigrants is very telling here. And that is one of the reasons that Agnes Gibboney’s son was taken from her. While Democrats decry the wall that is being built, they have no such compassion for those who have lost loved ones to illegal immigrants who murder them in cold blood.
President Trump berated Acosta at the presser where he declared a national emergency at our southern border so he could get the funds to build the wall.
Trump clashed with Acosta as he challenged him over what he described as a “disconnect” concerning his description of illegal immigration, which, aside from angering the president, also led to the Angel Moms in attendance confronting Acosta. Just as they should have.
“You are presenting information about what’s happening at the border, calling it an invasion, talking about women with duct tape over their mouths and so on, and yet there is a lot of reporting out there, a lot of crime data out there … that shows border crossings at a near record low,” Acosta said during a question to Trump.
The president fired back, “That’s because of us,” as the CNN reporter attempted to talk over the president.
“Excuse me,” Trump intervened.“It’s still massive numbers of crossings.”
After that somewhat heated exchange, Angel Moms are discussing immigration with @Acosta. One mom who lost her daughter tells him “there is a huge problem..there are mothers going through this everyday.”
Acosta tells them he didn’t mean to offend, says “my heart goes out to you” pic.twitter.com/owkb9pUGUi
— Christal Hayes (@Journo_Christal) February 15, 2019
From Neon Nettle:
“Trump rebuked Acosta by asking, “You don’t really believe that stats, do you?”
“As Acosta tried to keep talking, Trump repeated himself.
“Do you really believe that stat? Take a look at our federal prisons,” Trump said as he gestured Acosta to hurry up with his longwinded question.
“What do you say to critics who say that you are creating a national emergency?” Acosta said. “That you’re concocting a national emergency here to get your wall.”
“Trump pointed to angel moms in attendance, asking them for their thoughts. “You think I’m creating something? Ask these incredible women who lost their daughters and their sons,” Trump said. “OK, Because your question is a very political question because you have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news.”
“Trump told Acosta the statistics he provided were “wrong” and told him to take a look at the federal prison population for proof.
“See how many of them, percentage-wise, are illegal aliens,” Trump said.“Just see, go ahead and see. It’s a fake question.”’
After that, the Angel Moms took Acosta on. As Angel Moms confronted the CNN reporter, he invited them to appear on the network in the background of a live shot.
“There is no attempt whatsoever to diminish what they’ve gone through or take away what they’ve gone through, but as you heard in that question that I had with the president … it was really about the facts and the data,” Acosta said on CNN following his exchange with Trump. “Some of these folks came up to me right after this press conference … they’re holding up these pictures of loved ones who lost their lives.”
He wasn’t the only reporter who was reprimanded by the president during the Rose Garden event, as Trump angrily told another member of the media to “sit down” after a question about where he receives his information.
It’s hard to understand why Acosta had his press pass reinstated. It’s pretty simple… if you show a lack of respect for the office of the presidency, you should be kicked out. And that goes for disrespecting Angel Moms and their families as well.