Social media is calling for Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ resignation after she shared a clearly doctored video of CNN reporter Jim Acosta chopping at a White House intern’s arm as she tried to take a microphone away from him.
The White House press secretary tweeted the video, which many claim came from the extremist right wing website InfoWars, and the caption, “We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.”
Acosta was reportedly denied access to the White House and his press clearance has also been stripped, according to the Administration. The incident happened during a contentious press conference on Wednesday (November 7).
Trump called Acosta a “rude” and “terrible person” while trying to cut off his questioning. The video of the interaction Sanders posted speeds up when the intern grabs the mic from Acosta to make it look like he struck her arm aggressively.
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
Here is a video of the interaction for the world to see: pic.twitter.com/us8u5TWzDz— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 8, 2018
The video distributed by Sarah Sanders originated with a fellow at Infowars, which was banned by Twitter, Facebook & Google for publishing offensive/threatening material. New from @drewharwell https://t.co/4gUbuYSYch— Andrew deGrandpre (@adegrandpre) November 8, 2018
It's been 13 Hours since Sarah Sanders posted an edited video to her Twitter stream and pinned it to the very top— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) November 8, 2018
This video falsely makes it appear as if CNN's Jim Acosta hit a White House Intern
Sanders has been notified that the video was edited and has done nothing
By the way, the edited video that @PressSec tweeted out to smear @Acosta was made by an alt right asshole who spent all night tweeting the Borderline shooter was middle eastern, which was total bullshit. You got a dark soul @PressSec— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) November 8, 2018
Wow. Now you’re pushing doctored videos? Is there any depth of deceit you won’t go to?— FreedomRinger🇺🇸 (@Action01Ringer) November 8, 2018
That video is blatantly doctored. You are a government agent falsifying evidence against a private citizen in order to strip him of his rights.— Trent H. (@GamingTrent) November 8, 2018
The video Sanders posted was shared hours earlier by Paul Joseph Watson, a personality from InfoWars. The website was banned from many social media sites for abusive behavior.
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