CNN's Jake Tapper Condemns Trump’s Treatment Of The Press After Tampa Rally

The CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent said the president is leading us "down a drain."

CNN’s Jake Tapper hit back at President Donald Trump and the White House on Wednesday after the administration failed to denounce rallygoers who verbally attacked his colleague Jim Acosta on Tuesday. 

Acosta, the network’s senior White House correspondent, shared video footage from the rally in Tampa, Florida, in which a mob of Trump supporters greeted him with angry chants and middle fingers. The president’s son Eric Trump retweeted other footage of the crowd chanting “CNN sucks” while Acosta was trying to report, to which the younger Trump added “#Truth.”

The president retweeted his son’s message. 

“The erosion of basic standards of civility and human decency continues,” Tapper told his viewers. “It’s not just a Republican phenomenon. We are being led down the drain by President Trump.”

Tapper then posed a question to Trump supporters, asking them to imagine the same situation with a liberal group of rallygoers attacking a news reporter they didn’t like, and a Democratic president urging them on. 

“Would that be acceptable?” he asked.

Watch Tapper’s full response in the video above.