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Sarah Sanders sparred with CNN’s Jim Acosta during the first White House press briefing in 42 days on Monday.

The exchange was prompted after NBC’s Hallie Jackson initially asked Sanders if Trump truly believes that “Democrats hate Jews,” following Trump’s declaration last week that Democrats are “anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish.” The White House press secretary declined to answer directly, noting that the president has laid out his position on the matter in the past.

“Democrats have had a number of opportunities to condemn specific comments and have refused to do that,” Sanders said, referring to the ongoing controversy surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar for making allegedly anti-Semitic remarks.

Sanders eventually called on Acosta, whom she has feuded with on a regular basis during past press briefings.

CNN’s chief White House correspondent opened with a question about whether Trump tried to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner. After Sanders said she was not aware of any such conversation, Acosta circled back to the situation with “Democrats and Jewish people,” asking if Trump’s rhetoric is “beneath” the American people.

“Do you think that the president has thought, at all, going into the 2020 campaign that the rhetoric just needs to be lowered? Whether it’s talking about Democrats, the media, immigrants, or should we just plan on hearing the president use the same kind of language that we heard in 2016 and all through the first couple years of this administration?” Acosta asked.

Sanders responded that it’s a shame Democrats won’t come together and condemn anti-Semitic remarks.

“I think that is a great shame,” Sanders said. “The president has been clear on what his position is, certainly what his support is for the people and the community of Israel.”

Acosta then asked if it “drags down the rhetoric of a debate” when someone says something that is “patently untrue.” Sanders tried to answer, and the CNN correspondent continued to talk over her. “Democrats don’t hate Jewish people, that’s just silly,” Acosta said. “It’s not true.”

Sanders told Acosta that Democrats should call out their members by name if they don’t want to be aligned with anti-Semitic rhetoric. Acosta tried to respond, but Sanders cut him off.

“Sorry, Jim,” she said before calling on the next reporter.

Acosta asked his question anyway, reminding Sanders that Trump once said there were “very fine people” on both sides of the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Essentially suggesting that there were very fine people in the Nazis,” Acosta said. Sanders fired back, “That’s not at all what the president was stating.”

“The president has been incredibly clear in consistently and repeatedly condemning hatred, bigotry and racism in all of its forms, whether it’s in America or anywhere else. To say otherwise is simply untrue,” Sanders said.

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Last year, Acosta was briefly banned from the White House after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Trump during a Nov. 7 press conference. During the now-infamous moment, Acosta refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide.

Acosta’s press pass was restored on Nov. 19 after CNN argued that keeping him out of the White House violated the network and Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights. To coincide with Acosta being allowed to return to the White House, Sanders implemented a series of rules to govern White House press conferences going forward.

Last month, Acosta was scolded by Trump during a Rose Garden announcement and was subsequently confronted by angel moms in attendance.

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Mary Johnson

    March 11, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Why do they continue to let AOC open her mouth because she does not understand what she is talking about ever.

  2. Mary Johnson

    March 11, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    To add to more of this why are they letting Acosta get away with the disrespect and why is he still in the news room.

    • RockyMtn1776

      March 11, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      I’m going to miss Sara Sanders. She has more balls than the entire Republican Senate ! Not only that, she has a spine.

      • Linda Cardin

        March 11, 2019 at 11:44 pm

        Please tell me that Sarah Sanders is not thinking about leaving her position.
        Sarah Sanders is the very best woman and the best speaker EVER.\
        She is doing a fantastic job! I hope she will continue to do so.
        Thank you

      • Ed

        March 12, 2019 at 12:31 am

        Wow, sure will miss her when she eventually goes to another job. She’s ALWAYS so calm and collected, which absolutely drives these lefty reporters NUTS, since they thrive on chaos, especially when they can place themselves at the center of it.

  3. Granny

    March 11, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Acosta, here’s a situation for you. I had cancer, very bad cancer. I needed something to kill those cancer cells. It was a harsh treatment, it was chemo. The cure almost killed me but eventually it saved my life. The democrats are a cancer on our country, they have taken or are trying to take our liberties away from us. They want to murder our children, take our guns, take our history and destroy it, they are against religious rights, all of them, Jewish, Christian, etc. so we have Trump, he’s our chemo, he may be harsh and his cures for this country may seem bad toyou but he will save us. Why can’t you report the good he does, why can’t you tell the truth to this country, why can’t you show respect that has been given to every President before him. You and the other media entities are about as bad as a cancer that you can get, because it seems that chemo can’t even right you, but you know what happens if chemo doesn’t work? You die, and media is dieing.

    • bill

      March 11, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you Granny and GOD bless you for what you have gone through. My mom went thru the same disease, eventually loosing the battle. I am so happy you are here and responding to that rat bas^%$# acosta. Evidently he learns very hard and will continue to be a cancer to the news room. He should be cut out…period. And the rest of the country should be ridden of the cancer of the demonrats who have no spine and continue to stab U.S. in the back by attacking our children and the unborn children, religions (all) and the people who are unable to THINK for themselves. All I can say is WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA…THIS IS OUR COUNTRY not theirs.

      • S. Haugen

        March 12, 2019 at 2:23 am

        Not all religions, islam is never touched!

    • Dean Perry

      March 12, 2019 at 9:47 am

      “why can’t you show respect that has been given to every President before him”

      Because Trump doesn’t deserve respect…

      • ON THE ROCK

        March 12, 2019 at 10:06 am

        YEAH, THAT’S THE KIND OF IGNORANT, UNEDUCATED RESPONSE WE HAVE ALL COME TO EXPECT FROM A BABY MURDERING, SOLCIALIST LOVING DEMOCRAT. WHAT A DOUCHE!

      • Joseph Patarino

        March 12, 2019 at 2:09 pm

        And you sir besides being a total SCHMUCK & MORON is why our nation was in decline until Nov 2016!

      • Ed

        March 12, 2019 at 11:29 pm

        Here’s the short list, from over a year ago:

        1. Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch, who supports Constitutional Law
        2. 59 missiles dropped in Syria.
        3. No longer in TPP
        4. Illegal immigration is now down 70%( the lowest in 17 years)
        5. Consumer confidence highest since 2000 at index 125.6
        6. Mortgage applications for new homes rise to a 7 year high.
        7. Arranged 20% Tariff on soft lumber from Canada.
        8. Bids for border wall are well underway.
        9. Pulled out of the lopsided Paris accord.
        10. Keystone pipeline approved.
        11. NATO allies boost spending by 4.3%
        12. Allowing VA to terminate bad employees.
        13. Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans.
        14. More than 600,000 Jobs created
        15. Median household income at a 7 year high.
        16. The Stock Market is at the highest ever in its history.
        17. China agreed to import American beef.
        18. $89 Billion saved in regulation rollbacks.
        19. Boosted energy independence.
        20. MOAB for ISIS
        21. Travel ban reinstated.
        22. Executive order for religious freedom.
        23. Jump started NASA
        24. $600 million cut/saved from UN peacekeeping budget.
        25. Targeting of MS13 gangs
        26. Deporting violent illegal immigrants.
        27. Signed 41 bills to date
        28. Created a commission on child trafficking
        29. Created a commission on voter fraud
        30. Created a commission for opioids addiction.
        31. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients.
        32. Unemployment lowest since May 2007.
        33. Historic Black College University initiative
        34. Women In Entrepreneurship Act
        35. Created an office for illegal immigrant crime victims.
        36. Reversed Dodd-Frank
        37. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local governments for infrastructure planning
        38. Order to stop crime against law enforcement.
        39. End of DAPA program.
        40. Stopped companies from moving out of America.
        41. Promoted businesses to create American Jobs.
        42. Encouraged country to once again “Buy American” and hire American
        43. Communicates directly to American people via Twitter without spin of hostile media
        44. Cutting regulations – two for every one created.
        45. Review of all trade agreements to make sure they are America First
        46. Apprentice program
        47. Highest manufacturing surge in 3 years.
        48. $78 Billion promised Reinvestment FROM major businesses like Exxon, Bayer, Apple, SoftBank, Toyota…
        49. Denied FBI a new building.
        50. $700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation.
        51. Saves $22 million by reducing white house payroll.
        52. Department of Treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for April 2017 (2nd largest in history.)
        53. Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers held captive in Egypt.
        54. Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years.
        55. Signed an Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence And Economic Growth
        56. Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into people’s lives than any President in the history of America.
        57. President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman.
        58. Has given head executive of each branches 6 month time Frame dated march 15 2017, to trim the fat, restructure and improve efficiency of their branch.
        59. Refused his Presidential pay check. Donated it to Veterans issues

        By contrast, Obama primarily saddled America with “Obamacare,” the resurgence of racial strife we hadn’t seen in ages and set in motion the division among Americans we see in the streets today.

    • Joseph Patarino

      March 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      Granny you are a true blessing for our nation. I hope you are fully cured & doubt that the media, the america hating liberals & socialist professors will never be cured unless there are millions more like you. If not I am afraid we will be a nation no more! You have made one of the best comments I have seen in the last 2+ years. God bless YOU!

  4. L

    March 11, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Apparently Acosta has learned nothing regarding practicing journalism with respect and nonpartisan questions. Also refraining from making personal opinion comments.

    • Meg

      March 11, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      He’s not a journalist. He’s an egomaniac.

  5. John Bloxson Jr.

    March 11, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Acosta is not now nor has he everbeen a journalist he has been a Newspeak propaganda artist straight out of George Orwell Dystopian Novel “1984”

  6. billindallas

    March 11, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    When Trump said there were fine people “on both sides” in Charlottesville, I took the comment to mean what he said. Sort of like when two Senators refer to each other in a heated exchange and say “my good friend” – you know they can’t stand each other – they are just being polite.

    I’m sure there were good people on both sides of that situation. The mayor is the culprit here – he’s the idiot who put them in harm’s way by design with the permit for the park.

    Full disclosure, I grew up in Mississippi and don’t see what the fuss is about with Confederate monuments. The world doesn’t seem any safer or happier with them gone.

  7. LST

    March 11, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Sanders needs to slice off Acosta’s balls and make him wear them as earrings, he’d look better. He has to be the number one jackass in all of the media outlets in the world.

    • Tom

      March 12, 2019 at 1:01 am

      She would if he had any to start with. The only thing this guy can do is to go by his name and accost-a lot of people. Such a waste of air and space.

  8. Rebecca Holstine

    March 12, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Acosta is an Ass pure and simple. The Democrats are Anti-Semitic pure and simple. Sarah Sanders is one fine, intelligent lady, pure and simple. They will never get the best of her.

  9. Tony Urbizu

    March 12, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Mr. Acosta why can you stick being a reporter instead you continue badgering and doing editorials. We do not want to listen to you idiotic opinions, we just want the facts. Just ask the questions and let Sarah answer. That is what you paid to do not fill the air with your idiotic opinions. You are rude an UN-polite idiot.

  10. Jule Ray Westcott

    March 12, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Ban Acosta from the WH corps till Fox is allowed in the Dem debates

  11. Frank Campo

    March 12, 2019 at 10:11 am

    I thought they sent Acosta to the back of the class because he can’t play well with others. If the Democraps can ban Fox why can’t the WH dump Acosta?

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