On Thursday afternoon, CNN’s Jim Acosta engaged in a massive self-own, leading all sorts of conservatives to mock him. He tweeted a video of himself at a wall-like line of steel slats, commenting on just how safe and tranquil the border area with the slats is.
“Here are some of the steel slats that the president’s been talking about,” Acosta said as he walked by the makings of what Trump has suggested might pass for his wall along the southern border with Mexico.
“But as we’re walking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger, there are no migrants trying to rush toward this fence,” Acosta noted. He argued that there was “no sign of the national emergency that the president’s been talking about. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty tranquil down here.”
The steel slats don’t run the entire length of the border in the McAllen area. We found one part where there is a chain link fence. Occasionally migrants come thru but residents say their community is quite safe. pic.twitter.com/ivpPl0XT48
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
Acosta was clearly attempting to disprove Trump’s suggestion that the insecurity of the southern border and the immigration and drug trafficking crisis surrounding it is a “national emergency.” But in his attempts to disprove Trump, he seemingly unwittingly proved the effectiveness of a border wall, even the rudimentary kind of wall consisting of steel slats.
“Hey Sherlock, there’s nothing ‘resembling a national emergency situation’ there because there’s a wall literally right next to you,” Caleb Hull, director of content at the Republican-leaning firm Targeted Victory, tweeted.
Hey Sherlock, there's nothing "resembling a national emergency situation" there because there's a wall literally right next to you pic.twitter.com/aogbaATamX
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 10, 2019
Brad Parscale, President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, thanked the CNN correspondent. “I would like to thank [Jim Acosta] for pointing out how peaceful, safe and secure it is at a part of the border that HAS a wall,” he tweeted.
— Brad Parscale – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) January 10, 2019
“Thanks to [Jim Acosta] for showing us how well walls and fences can work,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted.
— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) January 10, 2019
“It’s almost as though having steel slats might help prevent illegal immigration where you’re filming, dolt,” Ben Shapiro tweeted.
It's almost as though having steel slats might help prevent illegal immigration where you're filming, dolt. https://t.co/OIpdcvgv5T
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 10, 2019
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) joined the fun, tweeting, “Brilliant reporting from CNN’s [Jim Acosta] —walls work! Thank you Jim!”
— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) January 10, 2019
“Presumably, Jim, the counter-argument would be that you don’t see ‘a national emergency situation’ precisely because there’s a wall of the sort that those you’re criticizing want to extend,” National Review‘s Charles C.W. Cooke quipped.
Presumably, Jim, the counter-argument would be that you don't see "a national emergency situation" precisely because there's a wall of the sort that those you're criticizing want to extend.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) January 10, 2019
“Has anyone at [CNN] explained to [Jim Acosta] that he’s supporting Trump’s argument, or are they all as dumb as he is?” conservative film star Nick Searcy tweeted.
— Nick Searcy, DOGFACED PONY SOLDIER, FILM & TV STAR (@yesnicksearcy) January 10, 2019
Apparently not, since Acosta has yet to respond to the mockery.
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