Trump shares son’s tweet backing supporters chanting ‘CNN sucks’
“#Truth @Acosta,” Eric Trump wrote, in reference to CNN’s Jim Acosta. Eric Trump wrote the message in his retweet of a video with the caption “WATCH: Supporters of President Trump Chant ‘CNN Sucks’ During Jim Acosta’s Live Spot at Florida Rally.”
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) August 1, 2018
The president retweeted Eric shortly afterward. His retweet came after a campaign-style rally on Tuesday night in Florida, in which he made fun of the press several times, falsely claiming they “suppress” polls that indicate positive approval ratings for his presidency.
Acosta himself replied to Eric Trump. “No, Eric,” Acosta tweeted. “Not the truth. And you know better.”
No Eric. Not the truth. And you know better. https://t.co/f01GWOE70t
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 1, 2018
The president frequently incites his supporters in chants against the news media, decrying them as “fake news” and the “enemy of the people.”
Trump often specifically targets CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Last week, the Trump administration came under fire for refusing to allow CNN’s Kaitlan Collins to attend a press event because they said she asked questions inappropriately.
Trump has refused to take questions from Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, several times.
During his European trip in July, Trump refused to answer a question from Acosta, claiming that he does not support “fake news.” He instead took questions from Fox News’s John Roberts.
Last year, Trump said he would not take a question from Acosta during a press conference.
“Your organization is terrible,” Trump told Acosta.
Earlier in the day, Acosta tweeted a video of a crowd of Trump supporters jeering, holding up their middle fingers and yelling “stop lying!” at him.