On Wednesday, CNN White House correspondent and provocateur Jim Acosta found himself stripped of his hard pass after refusing to allow other reporters to ask questions and "placing his hands" on an intern when she tried to take the mic from him at a combative post-election press conference with President Trump. The incident took place during Rush Limbaugh's radio program Wednesday, giving the host a chance to provide some play-by-play and instant reaction.
The blow-up between Acosta and Trump began when Trump was pointing out that the migrant caravan isn't some troop of "actors" he was using to gin up fear about illegal immigration. Acosta, insisting that the thousands of migrants marching towards America is "not an invasion" because they are "hundreds of miles away," continued to push on the issue, at which point Trump dropped another one of his quotable lines.
"Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better," said Trump.
Acosta continued to demand time for another question, but Trump told him "that's enough." After a lengthy back and forth, Acosta blurted out, "Are you concerned that you may have ... with indictments coming down?"
"I’m not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation because it’s a hoax," said Trump. "That’s enough. Put down the mic."
"Mr. President, are you worried about indictments coming down in this investigation? Mr. President—," said Acosta
That's when Trump unloaded on Acosta: "I tell you what. CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. Go ahead."
"I think that’s unfair," said Acosta.
"You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible and the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way," said Trump (video below).
In response, Limbaugh said what was there for "everybody to see" was exactly what's been happening all along with the media's treatment of Trump.
"And this is there for everybody to see," said Limbaugh. "It’s nothing new. It’s the way the press has been dealing with Trump."
Limbaugh went on to play another clip from yet another combative reporter, American Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan.
"There was another set of fireworks after Jim Acosta behaved as the childish, rude person he is," said Rush. "April Ryan of something called the American Urban Radio Networks decided to start asking questions when she had not been given the microphone, when she had not been called on. This is another radical leftist political hack that’s working as a journalist."
"I’ll give you voter suppression. Take a look at the CNN polls, how inaccurate they were. That’s called voter suppression," said Trump. But when he gave a reporter a chance to ask a question, Ryan attempted to interrupt repeatedly.
"Excuse me. I’m not responding to you. I’m talking to this gentleman. Will you please sit down?" said Trump, Ryan refusing.
"Very hostile. It’s such a hostile media. It’s so sad," said Trump. "You rudely interrupted him. You rudely interrupted him," he told Ryan.
"The point is, that’s April Ryan, and she doesn’t have the microphone," said Limbaugh. "When it’s a journalist’s turn, they have an aide in there passing a microphone around so everybody can hear the question. She was not given the microphone. She just started shouting questions out, 'What do you mean voter suppression?' And Trump’s point about voter suppression is that negative polls — for example, was it a Reuters poll? There was a Reuters poll yesterday that had both Gillum and Bill Nelson up by seven! On Election Day! Well, they end up both losing! But a poll has ’em up plus seven. That’s what Trump is calling voter suppression. When CNN runs all of these crazy polls showing the Democrats running away with everything, that’s voter suppression because it tends to make Republicans think there’s no reason to vote! It’s over, it’s hopeless! ‘Cause people believe this garbage!"
As The Daily Wire reported Wednesday, after Acosta refused to hand over his mic, including pushing the hands of the White House intern away, his press credentials were stripped. Here's the moment that was the final straw for the White House:
Here's more footage of Trump's testy exchanges with some of the press Wednesday, including his fiery comments to Costa (via WFB):
Transcript via RushLimbaugh.com