Sunny Hostin, a co-host on ABC News’ “The View, waded into the controversy surrounding the White House’s decision to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials on Thursday — and it didn’t go over well.
Hostin (shown above right) insisted the young female White House intern who attempted to take the microphone away from Acosta after President Donald Trump made clear he was moving on from that reporter was the one guilty of assault and battery.
“For me, when I saw that, I mean — I learned very early on that what I saw was battery — not by Jim Acosta, but by the young White House aid,” Hostin insisted to her co-hosts on Thursday.
“When you are holding something … and you snatch this from me, this cup is now an extension of me, and that means you’ve battered me. You’ve assaulted me.”
The White House yanked press credentials from Acosta (above left) after his controversial conduct during Wednesday’s fiery briefing.
After answering some of Acosta’s questions, Trump tried to move along to another reporter — but Acosta initially refused to give up the microphone to anyone else and continued asking questions of Trump.
“That’s enough. That’s enough … Put down the mic,” Trump snapped, adding, “CNN should be ashamed of itself [for] having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.”
Video clips showed an unnamed female White House intern unsuccessfully attempting to reclaim the microphone from the CNN correspondent.
But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted out a particular video, which later was revealed to have been doctored to appear worse, showing Acosta apparently swatting away the intern when she tried to take his microphone away.
“We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video,” Sanders tweeted.
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
“This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question,” Sanders wrote.
Although Sanders claimed the White House could not tolerate a reporter “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” Hostin believes it was actually the intern who assaulted …