CNN’s April Ryan doubled-down on the defense of her network’s senior White House correspondent Thursday night, saying Jim Acosta’s “life was in jeopardy” at a recent Trump rally in Tampa, Florida.
Ryan was speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon when she weighed-in on the crowd’s anti-media chants, suggesting her network colleagues were in physical danger from GOP supporters attending the packed event.
April Ryan claims, "Jim Acosta's life, in my opinion, was in jeopardy … there was a safety issue." pic.twitter.com/nM1dFiJpn0
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 3, 2018
“That’s a serious moment and a serious place. And Jim Acosta’s life, in my opinion, was in jeopardy that night,” said Ryan, adding that the President “has stoked the flames for reporters to feel like they are in jeopardy.”
Acosta made national headlines this week after his fiery exchange with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders; viciously attacking the President’s spokesperson after he complained about the “un-American” treatment from the administration.
CNN SNOWFLAKE: Acosta Urges Reporters to ‘STICK TOGETHER’ Against Sarah Sanders
CNN’s Jim Acosta took his war of words against the White House to a new level this week, urging reporters to “stick together” to challenge Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during her daily press briefings.
The White House correspondent issued the call on social media Monday afternoon, saying journalists should “insist on answers if somebody is cut off” by the Press Secretary.
“One way to address the briefing is for reporters to stick together when the press sec cuts somebody off. Ideally we could and should insist on answers if somebody is cut off. We don’t do that as much as we should. Problem is there is so little time and so many pressing q’s,” tweeted Acosta.
One way to address the briefing is for reporters to stick together when the press sec cuts somebody off. Ideally we could and should insist on answers if somebody is cut off. We don't do that as much as we should. Problem is there is so little time and so many pressing q's.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 4, 2018
Acosta’s outright hostility towards the White House is nothing new, with the senior correspondent coming under fire months ago after he publicly harassed the President and his family during the White House Easter Egg festivities.
CNN SNOWFLAKE: Acosta Whines About ‘UN-AMERICAN’ Treatment from Sarah Sanders
CNN’s senior White House correspondent unloaded on White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders after a contentious White House press conference this week; claiming his treatment was “un-American.”
Jim Acosta was speaking with another CNN journalist after President Trump referred to the press as the “enemies” of the American people, saying “he was getting tired” of the administration’s attacks on the mainstream media.
CNN's @Acosta on contentious WH press conference: "Honestly Brooke, I'm tired of this …. It is not right, it is not fair, it is not just, it is un-American to come out here and call the press the enemy of the people"https://t.co/1oGZa7f57j pic.twitter.com/sqEkOE89SM
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 2, 2018
“Honestly Brooke, I’m tired of this …. It is not right, it is not fair, it is not just, it is un-American to come out here and call the press the enemy of the people,” said Acosta.
Watch Acosta’s complaint above.