Sarah Sanders Goes on Self-Righteous Rant When Asked About Trump's Attacks on the Press - And Won't Refute Claim It's the 'Enemy of the People'

CNN’s Jim Acosta on Thursday asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to address comments made by Ivanka Trump dispelling her father’s claim that the press in the “enemy of the people.” But instead of taking the opportunity to affirm the administration’s support for the free press, Sanders listed a number of instances she felt personally wronged by the media and declined to say that its members are not the enemy of the people.


Referring to another reporter’s question, Acosta suggested “it would be a good thing if you were to state right here at this briefing that the press, the people who are gathered in this room right now, doing their jobs every day, asking questions of officials like the ones you brought forward earlier are not the enemy of the people.”

“I think we deserve that,” Acosta said.

The president has made his position known,” Sanders said. “I also think it's ironic—I’m trying to answer your question. I politely waited and I called on you even after you interrupted me when I called on your colleague.”

“It's ironic, Jim, that not only you and the media attack the president for his rhetoric when they frequently lowered the level of conversation in this country,” she continued. “Repeatedly, repeatedly the media restarts personal attacks without any content other to incite anger. The media has attacked me repeatedly, said I should be harassed as a life sentence. ICE officials are not welcomed in their place of worship. When I was hosted by the Correspondent’s Association you brought up a comedian to attack me. As far as I know I'm the first press secretary in the history of the United States that's required Secret Service protection. The media continues to ratchet up the verbal assault against the president and everyone in this administration and certainly we have a role to play but the media has to role to play for the discourse in this country as well.”

“You did not say in the course of those remarks that you just made that the press is not the enemy of the people,” Acosta replied. “Are we to take it from what you just said, we all get put through the wringer, we all get put through the meat grinder in this town and you're not an exception and I'm sorry that happened to you. I wish that did not happen. For the sake of this room, for the people in this room, this democracy, this country, all the people around the world are watching what you are saying and the White House for the United States of America, the president of the United States should not refer to us as enemy of the people. His own daughter acknowledges that and all I'm asking is you acknowledge that right here and right now.”

“I appreciate your passion,” Sanders replied. “I share it. I've address this question. I've addressed my personal feelings. I'm here to speak on behalf of the president. He's made statements clear.”

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