On Thursday, CNN’s Jim Acosta went to area of the U.S.-Mexico border President Trump would be visiting, where he said, “Here are some of the steel slats that the president’s been talking about.”
“But as we’re walking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger,” Acosta continued.
“There are no migrants trying to rush toward this fence,” he added. “No sign of the national emergency that the president has been talking about.” Acosta said it seemed “tranquil.”
He even captioned the video, “I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.”
I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today. pic.twitter.com/KRoLdszLUu
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
And that’s when everyone lost it.
Fox News reports, “Media watchdogs were quick to point out that the CNN reporter’s video helps prove Trump’s point that a wall or barrier along the Southern border could help prevent illegal border crossings.”
Jim Acosta just posted one of the biggest self owns ever.
He's walking along the border where there's a wall in place talking about how there's nothing that "resembles a national emergency situation" and "there's no migrants trying to rush."
That's because there's a wall, Jim. https://t.co/qkuWRhxolW
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 10, 2019
“Jim Acosta just posted one of the biggest self owns ever,” said social media strategist Caleb Hull. “He’s walking along the border where there’s a wall in place talking about how there’s nothing that ‘resembles a national emergency situation’ and ‘there’s no migrants trying to rush.’ That’s because there’s a wall, Jim.”
Hull wasn’t alone. Twitter exploded with people mocking Acosta.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 10, 2019
So where there are steel slats, there isn't an emergency crisis. Got it. https://t.co/q5IJcDJZo1
— Jake Wilkins (@JakeWilkns) January 10, 2019
Er, you found a place where there is a barrier and all is quiet? Jim, do you know what point you're actually making here? https://t.co/YbZfYtyO5P
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 10, 2019
Acosta making videos for the Trump administration showing the effectiveness of border barriers: https://t.co/6ZfZoykMh3
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 10, 2019
I am *shocked* that a glib video, customized for re-tweets and filmed in broad daylight along one of the more secure parts of the RGV by a reporter who parachuted in for the day, did not reveal anything dramatic. https://t.co/TgPzMtU8pl
— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) January 10, 2019
Jim Acosta is at the border, showing that orgainzed, aggressive challenges to the U.S. border aren't happening at a place where there's a giant steel wall. 🤔 https://t.co/rV03UPclBA
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) January 10, 2019
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) January 10, 2019
One day we’ll look back and remember that time Jim Acosta tried proving that the American border doesn’t need a wall by showing how safe the part of the American border that already has a wall is
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) January 10, 2019
It hasn’t been a good week for Acosta. Earlier this week, he was scolded by White House adviser Kellyanne Conway for being a “smarta**” whom other reporters didn’t like.
“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,” Fox News recalls. “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.”
In his attempt to prove there was no crisis at the border, the CNN host in turn proved that walls work.
Let’s hope CNN never fires the unintentionally hilarious Jim Acosta and that the hits keep on coming.