CNN’s Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta is a clown.
Rather than ask serious questions, he likes to make himself part of the story, always looking for that “gotcha” moment in hopes of a viral exchange.
But in his latest sparring match, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany just hit CNN’s Jim Acosta where it hurts with this fact check.
In a recent briefing, Acosta tore into Trump, trying to pin the blame for all 200,000 coronavirus deaths at Trump’s feet.
McEnany deftly parried the attack aside, leading Acosta to begin raging about President Trump’s accurate remarks that young people in colleges and schools are predominantly safe from the effects of the coronavirus.
“Last night the President said at one of his rallies about the virus and I think he was talking about the younger Americans. He said ‘it affects virtually nobody. By the way, open your schools, everybody open your schools.’ But he said to Bob Woodward it’s not just old — it’s not just older people it’s young people, too. At 200,000 deaths, shouldn’t the President be telling people the truth at the rallies about the virus?” Acosta asked McEnany.
McEnany wasn’t having it though, and pointed out that he was deliberately misconstruing President Trump’s quote and flat-out wrong about his interpretation of the data.
“You’re — you are taking it out of context because you’re making an assertion that he’s not giving critical information when, in fact, he is. And I will underscore exactly what he said. And he said this: ‘You know in some states, thousands of people — and they’ve had nobody young. Below the age of 18. Like, nobody. They have a strong immune system.’ And that is factually true. You can go to the American Academy of the Pediatrics website, the Children’s Hospital Association and they list out,” McEnany began before Acosta rudely interrupted.
The two went back and forth before McEnany got to finish her point that that many states have zero pediatric deaths and the fatality rate for Americans under the age of 18 is .01 percent, completely destroying Acosta’s argument.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.