John Legend, Rosie O'Donnell, Sarah Silverman, Meghan McCain and more are furious with POTUS after he attacked a CNN reporter for asking him a question during a press conference.
Hollywood is furious over the way President Donald Trump treated CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a White House press conference Wednesday morning.
"The president is a f--king embarrassment," John Legend tweeted after Trump unloaded on Acosta for simply trying to ask questions while he had the mic.
During the exchange, Acosta asked Trump about his claim that there was an impending invasion by people in the refugee caravan. Trump attempted to dodge the question, but Acosta persisted -- respectfully -- and Trump went off.
"You know what? Honestly, I think you should let me run the country. You run CNN," Trump fired back at Acosta at the first sign of tension. "If you did it well, your ratings would be much better."
POTUS tried to move on to the next reporter's question, but Acosta still had the mic and said, "Mr. President, if I may ask one other question--"
"That's enough! That's enough. That's enough. Excuse me? That's enough," POTUS said repeatedly, pointing at Acosta. A White House aide attempted to take the mic from Acosta, but he refused to give it up.
"Mr. President, I had one other question about the Russia investigation. Are you concerned that--" Acosta managed to say before Trump let out, "I'm not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation because it's a hoax. That's enough. Put down the mic."
Trump then walked away from the podium to collect himself, only to return and say, "I'll tell you what -- CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn't be working for CNN. You're a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is horrible. And the way you treat other people [is] horrible. You shouldn't treat people that way."
The next person to ask a question was NBC's Peter Alexander, who defended Acosta. "I think that's very unfair," Alexander said. "In Jim's defense, I've traveled with him and watched him. He's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us."
Trump replied, "Well, I'm not a big fan of yours, either."
We were left speechless, but Hollywood was not. See their reactions -- and the exchange -- in the tweets below.
I got 4 hours of sleep last night and can't emotionally deal with Trump's presser right now. pic.twitter.com/Eg6hkUiPGb— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 7, 2018
now some more of the same please https://t.co/5uuZdZmaga— ROSIE (@Rosie) November 7, 2018
The president is a fucking embarrassment.— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 7, 2018
Why doesn’t CNN and all journalists who check and verify everything they report sue trump for slander? He lies about them on the daily and is never held accountable https://t.co/0CnumCTByw— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 7, 2018
Why is he telling us all this #cheese— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 7, 2018
unreal. awful— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 7, 2018
Well that was alarming. Stunning really.— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 7, 2018
The president of the free world right here. This is our country’s representative. What an utter incompetent, lying, bitter little child. https://t.co/mVTXdeSNcg— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) November 7, 2018
Someone’s having a meltdown.— Vote November 6th (@SophiaBush) November 7, 2018
I cannot wait until we no longer have a man-child who behaves like an angry baby in a sandbox “leading” this country. https://t.co/rcJhspf9U2
Thank you April! https://t.co/FOKg0zqPtK— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 7, 2018
I just want to state this as clearly as possible:— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) November 7, 2018
Jim Acosta was asking about the PIPE BOMBS sent to the CNN office
Trump replied, "When you report fake news, you are the enemy of the people."
Trump is saying he thinks CNN DESERVED TO BE BOMBED.pic.twitter.com/JnlwgKmcFr
I love @Acosta with all my heart and soul.— andy lassner (@andylassner) November 7, 2018
Since the ordeal, Acosta has been busy retweeting numerous colleagues expressing their support for him and the way he conducted himself during the conference.
Below are some of those tweets -- plus similar messages from reporters of various media outlets and publications.
I worked with Jim @Acosta at CNN. He is a consummate professional and journalist. Shameful how he was treated today by the person sworn to protect the 1st Amendment.— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) November 7, 2018
Congratulations to our new President Jim Acosta— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) November 7, 2018
I worked with Jim @Acosta during my years @CNN. He’s dogged and determined and a credit to his profession. His job is to hold power to account, not to be “nice” to the President or anyone else he covers.— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) November 7, 2018
Can we not make today into another Trump v. Media fight? This is exactly what he wants.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) November 7, 2018
The entire White House Press Corps needs to stand up. And walk out.— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 7, 2018
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