I Must Dissent From Rightwing Consensus on the Jim Acosta Incident

I think it looks more like an accident. Either way this is a silly story.

Watch that video several times. I will tell you what I see.

Acosta gestures with his left hand towards the President, pointing his index figure at the President as a "one" as he is asking for one more question.

The White House intern approaches from Acosta's left and tries to get the microphone and Acosta will not surrender it. She is blocked by his outstretched left arm and instead of going around him, she reaches under his outstretched left arm and attempts to pull the microphone down and away from him.

This action pulls Acosta forward and his outstretched left arm goes down. He quickly pulls it back and says "pardon me, ma'am."

I realize I'm in the minority on the right here and there is a lot of loathing on the right for Acosta. I get it. I just disagree that this was intentional. It looks very accidental to me. I'm sure your mileage will vary.

Regardless, this is a silly story. Jim Acosta should apologize, say it really was an accident, and say he didn't intend to push her away like that. The White House should let him back in. We've got more important things to focus on, like the GOP being able to expand the number of conservative judicial picks.

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Opie T.
Opie T.

When his hand initially made contact with her arm, his first response was to raise it. If you scroll back and forth very slowly at the moment of contact, you can see that his hand started to raise up ever-so-slightly. But then it reversed direction, and pushed down on her arm - hard enough to physically move her body.

His first instinct was correct; his second was indefensible.

American.
American.

To the comment of whether Trump is required to have press conferences and to answer questions: Isn't he!? Really?

I am not saying by law. I am saying..by the fact that we pay his salary. He is 'our' employee, and he is accountable to us. Anyone in public office is certainly required to answer the questions of any citizen. They are accountable for that. If they don't like it... look for another job.

American.
American.

Sorry, but this sounds like 'conspiracy'. In particular the 'he practiced it' part of it. I say he simply had a natural instinctive reaction to protect. We are giving him too much credit if we think he had the ability to be thinking about what to say to the most powerful man on earth in a very heated argument, and at the same time thinking, what to do to the intern. The later was simply instinct, if anything at all.

chilidog902
chilidog902

After watching the video many times, I say that Acosta used a self defense type move and chopped/pushed the intern's arm. The intern's body turns as the pressure is put on her arm. The idea that that young lady had the strength to pull the mic away from a grown man holding something close to his center is absurd. Physics dictates Acosta was in the best position to prevent that. The movement of chopping her arm was so fluid I would venture to say Acosta has practiced the move and probably used it many times.

Sigmund Silber
Sigmund Silber

We all have the right to Speech but we do not have the right to force someone to listen or answer questions. A person can decide who they wish to talk to.

Trump is not required to have any Press Conferences.