Fox News host Jesse Watters laid into CNN’s Jim Acosta for the inflammatory incident that took place Wednesday during a press conference with President Donald Trump. On his “Watters’ World” show Saturday, Watters said Acosta is trying to be “the Rosa Parks” of journalism, invoking the African-American civil rights activist who in 1955 famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white man.
On Wednesday, Acosta pressed the president about the controversial immigrant caravan currently traveling toward the U.S. through Mexico. When the exchange became tense, Trump said, “That’s enough,” and the CNN journalist struggled with a White House intern for the microphone.
“He thinks it’s the Jim Acosta show,” Watters said Saturday. “And he’s there to trade barbs with the president of the United States. And if he gets called out for it, he’s the victim. He thinks he’s the Rosa Parks of the press corps.”
While speaking with Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway admitted that the video of the incident (between Acosta and the intern) shared by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was “sped up,” presumably to make it look more dramatic.
“I’ve never met [Acosta],” continued Watters. “He seems like a fine guy personally, but his behavior is totally out of line.”
Check out Watters’ full comments in the video above.