CNN’s anti-Trump reporter Jim Acosta used Chinse propaganda when he criticized President Trump’s national address on coronavirus as smacking of “xenophobia,” a spokeswoman from the Republican National Committee told the “Todd Starnes Radio Show.”
Acosta’s remarks were panned on social media after he said Trump’s decision to call COVID-19 a “foreign virus” is “something we’ll also be asking questions about.”
Medical evidence has determined that the virus originated around the beginning of the year at a “wet market” in Wuhan, China. Beijing has ostensibly agreed with the claim, but its state-run media arm has been placing the blame on the U.S.
Liz Harrington, the RNC spokeswoman, told host Todd Starnes that Acosta was irresponsible and is spreading propaganda brought to you by “the Communist Chinese Party.”
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) March 12, 2020
She said Trump’s speech struck the right tone and he was right to skip politics and talk directly to the American public. Trump laid out plans to ban travel from Europe to the U.S., stressed that banks have enough liquidity and promised small businesses federal government assistance.
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Despite the call for unity, Harrington said it was stunning that CNN’s kneejerk reaction was, “You’re a racist.”
Acosta suggested that Stephen Miller, the White House adviser and favorite target by the mainstream media, might have had a role in the speech.
“But it should be pointed out that Stephen Miller, who is an immigration hard-liner, who advises the president, is one of his top domestic policy advisers and speechwriters, was a driving force in writing this speech,” Acosta said.
Acosta was not the only CNN “straight news” reporter who seemed particularly stressed about the president’s speech.
Don Lemon engaged in a bizarrely heated exchange with ex-Governor John Kasich, who was guilty of committing the sin of calling the president’s speech “fine.”
You gotta check out this back-and-forth between Don Lemon and John Kasich in which Lemon straight-up admonishes Kasich for thinking Trump's address was fine.
"Can I finish now?"
"No, you can't, John!" pic.twitter.com/a4TaAN0qcX
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 12, 2020
Lemon said Trump’s speech fell flat because his office was forced to clarify a few components of the travel ban, which excludes cargo from the European Union.
Kasich, a seasoned politician, tried to calm Lemon and said it is not uncommon for politicians to clarify certain bullet points in their speeches.
Lemon remained unconvinced.
“I don’t understand why you are tiptoeing around it! He came out, gave an address that usually — that happens very rarely, and he doesn’t get it right?” Lemon said.