Jim Acosta, the CNN White House correspondent locked in a war of words with the White House, expressed his fear this week that Trump’s attacks on the media will result in a journalist getting hurt.
Acosta made his remarks in an interview with Variety that included fellow White House correspondents April Ryan from American Urban Radio Networks and Ashley Parker of the Washington Post.
Acosta suggested that some of Trump’s supporters are unstable and might hurt a journalist as a result of the president’s attacks on the media.
“The problem is that people around the country don’t know it’s an act, they’re not in on the act and they take what he says very seriously,” Acosta said. “They take attacks from Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders and what they do to us on a daily basis very seriously. They don’t have all their faculties in some cases. Their elevator might not hit all floors.”
“My concern is that a journalist is going to be hurt one of these days. Somebody’s going to get hurt,” Acosta said. “And at that point, the White House, the President of the United States, they’re going to have to take a hard look in the mirror and ask themselves whether or not they played a role in this, whether they created this toxic environment that resulted in a journalist getting hurt.”
Acosta finished his remarks by saying that he hopes the White House and the president will pay more attention to making sure journalists in the U.S. are safe.
Since taking office, Trump has continually frustrated Acosta and his colleagues by controlling the message from the White House with his use of Twitter and bypassing the filter the media had once had to shape the news.