A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN's Jim Acosta as he questions President Donald Trump during a news conference, in a combination of photos at the White House in Washingon, Nov. 7, 2018. "I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice".
"This is a test for all of us", says Acosta.
Al Tompkins and Kelly McBride, both faculty at the Poynter Institute in Florida, said Acosta's actions - which included challenging the president's answers to his questions - didn't "represent the best of journalism".
"Well I'm not a big fan of yours either", Trump said.
In between his calls for "respect", Trump called Acosta "unprofessional" and disparaged the reporter's intelligence. In a press release, the group said it stood in solidarity with Acosta and argued Trump did a "disservice to democracy" by demeaning journalists.
Acosta calls the White House claim a "lie", and video of the incident on Wednesday shows that he only touched the intern on her arm as she tried to grab the microphone from him. The video proved otherwise.
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Many could be heard chanting, "Lock her up!" and "Bye bye, Brenda!" referencing Broward's supervisor of elections, Dr. Gaetz, whose district is in Florida's Panhandle, also said the state should take over the Broward elections office.
The video posted by Sanders only focuses on the moment when the woman tries to take the microphone from Acosta. Acosta's pass was revoked by the administration after he refused to give up the microphone during a Wednesday press conference in which Trump called him "a rude, awful person".
CNN has been working behind the scenes on a resolution that would restore Acosta's pass.
The president then moved to address the next questioner, NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander, who defended Acosta. Acosta joined a room of other journalists in questioning the president after the mid-term elections, and the topic of immigration came up. "We strongly reject the idea that any administration would block a journalist's access to the White House". Trump responded in a vicious tone, "What a stupid question".
"I mean, she intentionally disseminated doctored video footage to discredit a reputable journalist", Kimmel stated.
Ryan also shared her own statement via Twitter, writing, "I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President".
Phillip asked Trump whether he would like his new acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to "rein in" Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Acosta asked very few actual questions during his exchange with Trump.