Hollywood is furious over the way President Donald Trump treated CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a White House press conference Wednesday morning.
“The president is a f–king embarrassment,” John Legend tweeted after Trump unloaded on Acosta for simply trying to ask questions while he had the mic.
During the exchange, Acosta asked Trump about his claim that there was an impending invasion by people in the refugee caravan. Trump attempted to dodge the question, but Acosta persisted — respectfully — and Trump went off.
“You know what? Honestly, I think you should let me run the country. You run CNN,” Trump fired back at Acosta at the first sign of tension. “If you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”
POTUS tried to move on to the next reporter’s question, but Acosta still had the mic and said, “Mr. President, if I may ask one other question–”
“That’s enough! That’s enough. That’s enough. Excuse me? That’s enough,” POTUS said repeatedly, pointing at Acosta. A White House aide attempted to take the mic from Acosta, but he refused to give it up.
“Mr. President, I had one other question about the Russia investigation. Are you concerned that–” Acosta managed to say before Trump let out, “I’m not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation because it’s a hoax. That’s enough. Put down the mic.”
Trump then walked away from the podium to collect himself, only to return and say, “I’ll 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. You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is horrible. And the way you treat other people [is] horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”
The next person to ask a question was NBC’s Peter Alexander, who defended Acosta. “I think that’s very unfair,” Alexander said. “In Jim’s defense, I’ve traveled with him and watched him. He’s a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us.”
Trump replied, “Well, I’m not a big fan of yours, either.”
We were left speechless, but Hollywood was not. See their reactions — and the exchange — in the tweets below.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 7, 2018
now some more of the same please https://t.co/5uuZdZmaga
— ROSIE (@Rosie) November 7, 2018
Why doesn’t CNN and all journalists who check and verify everything they report sue trump for slander? He lies about them on the daily and is never held accountable https://t.co/0CnumCTByw
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 7, 2018
@realDonaldTrump heard my question about voter suppression and mocked and I stood up and asked and then he tells me to sit down. I went back up and said you did not answer my question on North Dakota, Georgia and Florida and he challenges me
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) November 7, 2018