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CNN’s Jim Acosta Asks If Trump Is ‘Trying to Wage a Culture War’

CNN’s Jim Acosta used a question at the White House press briefing Monday to imply that President Donald Trump’s comments about standing for the national anthem were racially motivated.

Acosta pointed out that Trump was criticizing athletes for kneeling who were mostly black, while he was praising leagues without such protests that also have predominately white athletes. Acosta said the NHL and NASCAR are marketed to “a different demographic” and asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if Trump was waging a culture war.

“Why is it that the president over the weekend is going after, or seeming to go after African-American athletes, and then this morning he is putting out a tweet praising NASCAR, which obviously is geared toward a different demographic, and the way they stand and respect and honor the flag?” Acosta asked. “Is he trying to wage something of a culture war?”

Sanders contradicted Acosta’s connection between Trump’s comments and race, saying that Trump was not interested in a culture war.

“Not at all, the president is not talking about race,” Sanders said. “The president is talking about pride in our country.”

She praised those who stood for the national anthem and said that Trump was only seeking to support them, not to take sides in the culture war.

“What you saw yesterday were players and fans of all races joining together as Americans to honor our service members,” she said. “That’s what the president is talking about. That’s what his focus is on.”

She thanked the audience and promptly left the briefing room.

Acosta has been a frequent critic of the Trump administration’s press operation, lambasting the past practice of holding hearings without cameras. Trump has also gone after Acosta, calling him “fake news” when he questioned him about the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

“I like real news. Not fake news. You’re fake news,” Trump said, pointing at Acosta.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Ann

    September 25, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Idiot Costa has a string of “gotcha” questions just to start trouble. He’s so disgustingly liberal left. Sarah did the right thing in cutting him off. He’s not going to stop, so she has to be the ADULT IN THE ROOM, and cut off the NONSENSE.

  2. Carolin

    September 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    It seems to me the culture war was started by our previous President. This is so ridiculous to blame Trump for what Obama instigated and fueled and Soros has funded. And anyone that thinks this is a culture war created by Trump are blooming idiots!

  3. Susan

    September 25, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Why do some people ALWAY”S have to bring race into it? President Trump did’nt tell certain ones to stand. What does being black or being white have to do with who sits and who stands? It’s about respecting our National Anthem and the flag that represents our country. It’s mostly blacks sitting because they are protesting black people being mistreated. Do they not realize there is plenty of black people that are fighting for our freedom ? They are picking the wrong platform !

  4. Leona

    September 25, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Amusing but typical of this big baby! CNN anchors are worthless and will fall apart if this keeps going! What besides crooked hillary and all the disgusting trimmings do they have in mind with her gone?

  5. roger domnie

    September 25, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    acosta, you and fake news going down tubes you keep trying to save it. why not sit outside the wh and talk to a tree with your dribble that nobody pays any attention toooooooooo…

  6. joyce gilkerson

    September 25, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    this has absolutely nothing to do with race, it is all about respect for our country and our flag the damn niggers in the nfl make up about 80 percent of the teams, , hell the blacks alreaady get more welfare, foodstamps and all other benefits, this is ONE COUNTRY UNDER GOD it did not say a white god or a god of different color

  7. paulette

    September 25, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    THIS GUY IS SUCH AN ASSHAT,IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE BUT YOUR ARSE WILL TRY AND MAKE IT THAT POS

  8. Shanana

    September 25, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Trump doesn’t have a clue about culture: he was either in the locker room with his measuring tape or in the line at a bank when the culture, class, intelligence, and reading skills were handed out. He has this illogical belief that he is CEO of the country, the football arena and whatever else he wants to spew his idiocy about. Trump should STFU and at least pretend that he cares about the country by reining in GOP leaders’ greed and self-interest. The football players and owners can take care of themselves, and they’ve been telling Trump that for days now.

    • Tom Bristol

      September 25, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      It’s up to the fans. If the come to the arenas or not. No fans no money.

    • John H. Montgomery Jt

      September 25, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      You have clue what you are talking about

  9. Clay Bartley

    September 25, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    FAKE NEWS @ IT AGAIN…HOW SOON THEY THINK WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FORGET….DOES THE MEDIA THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAS FORGOTTEN WHAT OBAMA DID BY DIVIDING THE RACES..TURNING THE BLACK & HISPANICS AGAINST WHITES & LAW ENFORCEMENT……..WE HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN A DAM THING… AND THE PRESIDENT ISN’T PLAYING RACE BAITER LIKE OBAMA DID…….TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR COUNTRY & THE MEN & WOMEN…THAT SACRIFICE SO MUCH FOR THIS COUNTRY….!!!!!!

  10. John H. Montgomery Jt

    September 25, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    The one´s kneeling even though majority black, be thankful the can become millionaires with little on no education

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  12. Phyl

    September 25, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Accosta from CNN is paet of “The Big Lie”
    He is trying to perpetuate division among cultures and then blaming it on the President.
    He knows in his heart that the president was defending the flag and National Anthem.
    I would ban him from the press conferences.

  13. AHZZ

    September 25, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    No Jimmy Boy, I believe IT’S YOU that’s making this matter a “RACE THING”, by asking such a dumb-azz question like that! CNN (Communist Nonsense Network) one of the several “FAKE NEWS MEDIAS”!

  14. Big Dick Brannigan

    September 26, 2017 at 12:41 am

    The Left has engaged in a culture war for 50 years and act offended when someone pushes back. What a bunch of man-ginas.

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