Jim Acosta Is a Knucklehead

One of my favorite moments of political hilarity this year was when the Statue of Liberty started crying. President Trump had just issued an executive order aimed at curtailing the number of incoming refugees intent on destroying the country and, oh, the Lady in the Harbor just could not control her girlish emotions.

"Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared. And not to be outdone, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi added, "As the Statue of Liberty holds her torch of welcome high, there are tears in her eyes." One wanted to row out into the harbor and offer Liberty a gigantic copper handkerchief to prevent one of her gigantic copper tears from dropping on a ferry and sinking it.

If only the Democrats were as intent on enforcing the restrictions on government enshrined in the Constitution as they are bent on enshrining the Emma Lazarus poem in law. The poem, of course, is where the famous "Give me your huddled masses" stuff is written. The statue itself was meant to celebrate the Enlightenment idea of Liberty. Hence the name "Liberty." The poem was tacked on later.

But then Democrats love to play off emotion to disguise their blithering hypocrisy, we know that. The Rule of Law, sacrosanct when it comes to allowing abortions, is suddenly sentimentalized out of existence when it comes to illegal immigration. This ideologically corrupt party would not hold a single elective office anywhere if they weren't protected and defended by an utterly biased and dishonest news media dedicated to smothering facts beneath Democrat talking points.

Which brings me to CNN's Jim Acosta.

Jim Acosta is a knucklehead. His performance at the White House press briefing on Wednesday was absolutely excruciating to watch. President Trump announced a legislative initiative to re-jigger our legal immigration system by weighting it in favor of desirable, English-speaking applicants. This seems like an eminently sane idea to me. If knowledgeable people disagree, I'd be interested in hearing their arguments. But who cares what Jim Acosta thinks? His job is to get information and relay it to the public so the public can figure things out themselves. But he didn't do his job. He hardly ever does.

Instead he used the briefing to read presidential advisor Stephen Miller the text of the Lazarus poem and then ask whether the proposed legislation was in violation of the verse. When Miller tried to respond, Acosta kept interrupting — because why should a reporter listen to the answer to his question when he can talk more instead? Despite Acosta's continual interruptions and grandstanding, Miller easily eviscerated the showboat blowhard. "Tell me what [immigration standards] meet Jim Acosta's definition of the Statue of Liberty poem law of the land?" he asked hilariously. I cringed on Acosta's behalf because I doubt Acosta has the self-awareness or dignity to cringe for himself.