WATCH: Sanders Shuts Down Acosta: 'I Know It's Hard For You To Understand Even Short Sentences'

On Thursday, after CNN’s Jim Acosta launched yet another attack on the Trump Administration, this time over the separation of families that have illegally entered the United States, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders let him have it with a succinct blast, asserting, “I know it’s hard for you to understand even short sentences.”

The exchange began with Acosta speaking of children separated from their families as they come across the border. He said, “The Attorney General earlier today said somehow there’s a justification for this in the Bible. Where does it say in the Bible that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?”

Sanders replied, “I’m not aware of the Attorney General’s comments or what he would be referencing. I can say that it is very Biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible. (Acosta interrupts) Hold on, Jim, if you’ll let me finish — again, I’m not going to comment on the Attorney’s specific comments that I haven’t seen.”

Acosta snapped, “You just said it’s in the Bible to follow the law.”

Sanders fired back, “That’s not what I said; I know it’s hard for you to understand even short sentences , I guess, but please don’t take my words out of context, but the separation of alien families is the product of the same legal loopholes that Democrats refuse to close, and these laws are the same that have been on the books for over a decade. The President is simply enforcing them.”

Acosta, ignoring the need to enforce the nation’s laws and making an emotional appeal: “Can you imagine the horror that these children must be going through when they come across the border and they’re with their parents and suddenly they’re pulled away from their parents? Why is the government doing this?”

Sanders said bluntly, “Because it’s the law, and that’s what the law states.”

Acosta, eager to flout the law: “It doesn’t have to be the law. You guys don’t have to do that.”

Sanders put the blame squarely where it belonged: “You’re right. It doesn’t have to be the law, and the President has actually called on Democrats in Congress to fix those loopholes. The Democrats have failed to come to the table, failed to help this President close these loopholes and fix this problem. We don’t want this to be a problem; the President has tried to address it a number of occasions; we’ve laid out a proposal and Democrats simply refuse to do their job and fix the problem.”

Relevant exchange below starting at 4:33

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