Trump slams 'stupid question' from female reporter, calls April Ryan a 'loser'

Trump slams 'stupid question' from female reporter, calls April Ryan a 'loser'

You can nearly feel the republic devolving to its lowest common denominator: narcissists preening before the cameras and beating their chests in self-righteous fury.

Thursday night was a hectic night for late show hosts between the situation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg's hospitalization and the White House revoking press credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta.

The White House Correspondents' Association said it "strongly objects to the Trump administration's decision to use U.S. Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a hard relationship". "Acosta's questions ended and his statements began".

In between his calls for "respect", Trump called Acosta "unprofessional" and disparaged the reporter's intelligence.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta and Donald Trump got into an argument on Wednesday (November 7) that led to the former having his press credentials suspended.

Hours earlier Mr Acosta found himself in the president's line of fire during a news conference called to trumpet Republican success in Tuesday's midterm elections, but which quickly turned hostile when Mr Trump opened the floor to questions. The newspaper said that if Sanders was so offended by physical contact, "what did she have to say when her boss praised as "my kind of guy" Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana, who was sentenced to anger management classes and community service for body-slamming a Guardian reporter last spring?"

Acosta has served as a White House correspondent for CNN since 2013 when he covered the Obama administration. "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", she said.

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These comments come after a very contentious week between the White House and Jim Acosta. "That's not doctoring", Trump later said.

Pulling a journalist's White House pass is rare and the misconduct bar is high.

"I was just trying to ask a question of the president at this press conference, and it was obviously a question that he didn't like", Acosta told CNN colleague Anderson Cooper later Wednesday. "It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter's colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question", Sanders also wrote. A press briefing is not a one-on-one interview, nor is it the place to issue snide putdowns and characterizations of the president's positions. "Journalists should not give more fuel to such accusations". And Acosta has been one of the more visible thorns in the side of the White House. What it does mean is that Acosta isn't even a practitioner of true journalism, let alone a martyr to its cause.

CNN accused Sanders of lying about the incident. Acosta asked the USA leader about his claim that Central American migrants walking through Mexico toward the southern US border were "invading" the country.

"She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise, or she gets a contract with - I think CNN - but she's very nasty, and she shouldn't be", Trump said of Ryan, a 21-year veteran White House reporter. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better".

It's a dead-giveaway: each man is playing to his audience. "You talk about somebody that's a loser, she doesn't know what the hell she's doing", Trump said.