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CNN’s Jim Acosta is moving on from the White House, the network announced Monday. CNN is sending its signature Trump-era reporter to anchor weekend programming and serve as its chief domestic correspondent. Known for explosive fights with President Trump and his press secretaries, the reporter is known for prioritizing getting a sound bite or making an attack over actually asking meaningful questions. Below are some of his worst moments over the years.

When a cute video of two toddlers running across the street to hug and play went viral, it became the perfect basis for memes of all sorts. Donald Trump capitalized on the popularity, adding a satirical and obviously doctored CNN headline reading, “Terrified Toddler Runs From Racist Baby” and “Racist Baby Probably A Trump Voter,” clearly poking fun at the network’s propensity for taking the president’s words out of context.

Of course, Acosta had no sense of humor about the situation, claiming Trump was “exploit[ing] two toddlers” by making a joke from a widely circulated and edited video.

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Along with mistaking jokes for misinformation, Acosta likewise struggled to distinguish poetry and policy when discussing immigration. During a press briefing, he began reading the text of the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, badgering Stephen Miller about differences between immigration policy and an engraving that has no bearing on the actual criteria for selecting who is granted legal entry into this country.

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On the subject of immigration, CNN sent Acosta to report from a built section of the border wall with the intent of proving its inefficacy. He noted with pride that the section of the U.S.-Mexico border he visited was visibly not facing an immigration crisis, failing to realize that the peace he observed was a self-own. If a walled section of the border is safe and quiet, maybe the wall is working.

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When coronavirus reached the United States from China in early 2020, many in the media decided the most vital debate was over terminology for describing the virus. Many referred to the disease with some reference to its origin in Wuhan, China, with CNN spending weeks referring to it as the “Chinese coronavirus”  — that is, until Trump began calling it the “Chinese virus,” and other similar titles, which suddenly made it inherently racist to note that COVID-19 originated in communist-controlled Wuhan, China.

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It’s surprising that dominating a conversation and refusing to move on after four increasingly combative questions was not the rudest thing Acosta did in one press conference, but physically overpowering a female White House staffer who attempted to take the microphone back from him was worse.

During a tense and thoroughly nonproductive exchange, Acosta shouted talking points disguised as questions about migrant caravans, long after Trump declared his intention to move on to other reporters. When the young woman arrived to take the microphone from Acosta, he refused to hand it over. It was during this exchange that Trump made the now-infamous charge, declaring Acosta and other journalists he deemed to be liars as “the enemy of the people.”

WATCH: Jim Acosta Physically Prevents Female WH Staffer From Giving Microphone To Another Reporter At Presser

Of course, Acosta was not prepared to take the “enemy of the people” comment lying down, instead framing the targeted jab as an attack on the media. After getting his ego stroked on Stephen Colbert’s show, he ranted to Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a press briefing about the comment, in an effort to pressure her into repeating his outrage over the offhanded remarks. When Sanders held her ground, Acosta stormed out of the briefing room in a huff.

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After Acosta’s exchange with the female staffer, the White House temporarily revoked his press pass, leading to CNN suing the administration. The standoff lasted nearly two weeks before the White House relented and Acosta was permitted to return to his regularly scheduled fights with Trump and his press secretaries.

It’s not just Trump and his press secretaries whom Acosta aggressively harassed for comments, but he also attempted to force Martin Luther King III into expressing outrage through a series of leading questions after a meeting with the president.

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In the summer of 2020, the media appeared to collectively decide that social distancing measures were irrelevant so long as the mass congregations were either leftist protests or riots. The same luxury was not afforded to Trump rallies, however.

When Acosta, on multiple occasions pushed press secretary Kayleigh McEnany about the health concerns of the rallies, she reminded him of the countless times the corporate media praised the crowded, often maskless protests and riots, forcing him to admit that the difference was purely ideological.

Even Chris Wallace, who has had his fair share of tensions with the president — particularly during the 2020 debates — was “horrified” by Acosta’s politicization of reporting on Trump, particularly during one heated New Delhi press conference. Acosta used his question to ask for a pledge that the president would accept no foreign help for future elections, while also questioning the credentials of Richard Grenell, who had just been named acting director of national intelligence.

The pair sparred over their respective records with the truth, with Acosta claiming CNN had a better record on honesty than Trump, to which the president replied, “Your record is so bad, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.”

Paulina Enck is an intern at the Federalist and current student at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service. Follow her on Twitter at @itspaulinaenck



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Convicted fundraiser who tried to work his way into Biden’s inner circle sentenced to prison

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Amajor Democratic bundler, who raised large sums for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and consorted with Joe Biden, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for what prosecutors said was a “mercenary” political influence scheme.

Imaad Zuberi, a Californian businessman was sentenced Thursday for schemes to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, then take millions of dollars for himself.

The Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O’Brien said Zuberi was “purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding.”

Among the many unsealed court records, Zuberi was seen photographed with Joe Biden and Barack Obama when they were Vice President and President. He was also pictured with former President Bill Clinton and former presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. He took pictures with former Republican Rep. Paul Ryan when he was speaker of the House as well as the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Also included in the Times report was a hacked email chain released on WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook messaged colleagues saying, “I’m OK taking the money and dealing with any attacks.” Jennifer Palmieri responded saying, “Take the money!”

He also attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City in 2016 as well as serving as a co-chair of The Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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Zuberi made more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain and others. Zuberi’s activities extended as far as a recent attempt to work his way into the Biden circle, according to Politico.  

In addition to the money he made, Zuberi also raised $270,000 for Hillary Clinton and $1.3 million for President Obama.

Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty to a “three-count information charging with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)” for making false statements on a FARA filing as well as tax evasion and illegal contributions to political campaigns. He also pleaded guilty in a separate case earlier in June 2020 to a count of obstruction of justice.

“Zuberi turned acting as an unregistered foreign agent into a business enterprise,” Assistant Attorney General for National Secretary John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice news release.

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Cruz responds to pictures of him on Mexico flight, with Texas struggling from deadly winter storm

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he flew earlier this week to Mexico with family members, following the emergence of pictures appearing to show him in an airplane cabin and at a check-in counter, as fellow residents to recover from a deadly winter storm.

Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

“Wanting to be a good dad,” said Cruz, who also stated he is returning to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz also said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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