Acosta Peddles Personal Opinion, Says It’s ‘Silly’ and ‘Untrue’ That Dems ‘Hate Jewish People’

CNN reporter, at a press briefing, defended Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and others from charges of anti-Semitism

By Kathryn Blackhurst | March 11, 2019

CNN’s Jim Acosta once again voiced his own personal opinion instead of sticking to objective questions when he argued with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday during a media briefing about whether any Democrats “hate Jewish people.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has come under fire multiple times for making comments widely deemed anti-Semitic.

She is one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. She’s also the first Somali-American in Congress.

The congresswoman tweeted in 2012 that “Israel has hypnotized the world” and urged Allah to “awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” She also faced accusations of using “anti-Semitic tropes” in February when she argued that money from pro-Israel lobbyists drove Republican support for — and the defense of — Israel.

Omar again fielded bipartisan backlash for perceived anti-Semitic comments more than a week ago. She accused Jewish Americans of having an “allegiance to a foreign country.”

House Democrats originally meant to vote on a resolution rebuking Omar and condemning anti-Semitism, specifically.

But after her progressive defenders rushed to back her, Democrats scrapped the old resolution for an updated one broadly condemning all hatred and bigotry. The new resolution passed easily in the House.

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President Donald Trump condemned Democrats for not going harder on Omar and for not combating anti-Semitism more specifically during remarks he made to reporters on Friday at the White House. “I thought yesterday’s vote by the House was disgraceful because it has become — the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party,” Trump said.

The president also told GOP donors during an event at Mar-a-Lago on Friday that “the Democrats hate Jewish people,” according to Axios. And these comments apparently did not sit well with Acosta (pictured above right) and a few other White House reporters.

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Hallie Jackson of NBC News grilled Sanders on Monday about whether the president truly believes that Democrats “hate Jewish people.” Acosta took up the same line of questioning.

“Isn’t that kind of rhetoric just sort of beneath everybody?” Acosta asked Sanders.

This was not the first time Acosta offered his opinions while questioning White House officials.

“And do you think that the president has thought at all going into this 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 of years of this administration?” Acosta added.

Sanders replied, “I think that the real shame in all of this is that Democrats are perfectly capable of coming together and agreeing on the fact that they are comfortable ripping babies straight from a mother’s womb or killing a baby after birth — but they have a hard time condemning the type of comments from Congresswoman Omar.”

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

But Acosta pressed on, delivering his own personal opinion.

“I think that just sort of drags down the rhetoric and the debate when you’re saying something that’s just patently untrue,” Acosta insisted. “Democrats don’t hate Jewish people. That’s just silly. It’s not true.”

Sanders replied, “I think they should call out their members by name. And we’ve made that clear.”

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This was not the first time Acosta offered his opinions while questioning White House officials.

He doubted that a Central American migrant caravan that traveled to the U.S. during the last few months of 2018 even existed. Acosta began an infamous spat about the caravan with Trump during a November briefing that resulted in the White House’s temporarily pulling his press credentials.

Acosta said he wanted to “challenge” Trump about his caravan claims and his use of the word “invasion.”

“As you know, Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion. It’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America toward the border with the U.S.,” Acosta insisted, before asking Trump about a controversial anti-illegal immigration ad.

“But your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls and so on … They’re not going to be doing that,” Acosta insisted. “They’re hundreds of miles of way, though … That’s not an invasion.”

Trump pushed back hard.

And some caravan migrants did, actuality enter the U.S. illegally by climbing the border barriers.

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This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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