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CNN reporter Jim Acosta heckled by ‘CNN sucks!’ chants at Trump rally

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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta
CNN White House
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  • Supporters of President Donald Trump heckled CNN chief
    White House correspondent Jim Acosta at a presidential rally in
    Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
  • Attendees chanted “CNN sucks” and shouted, “traitor,”
    and “you’re a liar” as Acosta reported on camera from the
    event. 
  • Acosta has frequently clashed with White House
    officials and is regularly denied questions by the president,
    who calls his network “fake news.”

CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta was loudly heckled
by supporters of President Donald Trump at presidential rally in
Tampa Bay on Tuesday. 

As Acosta — a sharp questioner of the president and a frequent
target of his ire — reported live from the event, a crowd of
rally attendees surrounding him chanted “CNN sucks” and shouted,
“traitor,” and “you’re a liar.” 

Several reporters on the ground documented the incident. 

Acosta, who frequently butts heads with White House press
secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during press briefings, was
similarly
heckled by Trump supporters at a June rally,
 where he
was both yelled at and asked for autographs. Earlier this month,
the president
denied Acosta
the opportunity to ask him a question at a
press conference in the UK, calling CNN “fake news.” 

On Monday, Acosta was yelled at while asking the president a
question about Russian collusion following a news conference in
the Oval Office with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

White House staffers yelled over him, pressing him to leave the
room. 

“Move, Jim. Let’s go. Keep going Jim. Let’s go. Jim, we’re
leaving. Come on Jim. Go. We’re done,” yelled one White House
staffer.

Right-wing pundits, including Sean Hannity and former Alaska Gov.
Sarah Palin, celebrated the incident, while those on the left
celebrated the veteran CNN reporter as a hero of the anti-Trump
“Resistance.”

Acosta has repeatedly
defended his practice of shouting questions
at the president
— something he’s done on multiple occasions after the president
either stopped taking questions from reporters or refused to take
any at all.

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