Partisan Clash at Press Conference 📺

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Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images

Back at it

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held her first official press conference in a month on Monday. Questions focused on Trump’s statement that “Democrats hate Jewish people.”

Sanders and Acosta

Jim Acosta of CNN, in particular, sparred with Sanders about Trump’s portrayal of the Democrats as anti-Semitic, after Senator Ilhan Omar made comments on Israel that could be taken as anti-semitic. Reporters brought in Trump’s comments on the Charlottesville protestors in August 2017.


Vox: Sarah Sanders was asked if Trump plans to tone down the rhetoric. She replied with an escalation.  

CNN: Sarah Sanders deflects when asked about Trump calling Democrats 'anti-Jewish'

Sources on the left focus on the idea that Sanders would not confirmwhether or not Trump believes in his statement that the “Democrats hate Jews,” presenting her unclear answer as a purposeful deflection. Sources also focus on the idea that Sanders deflected blame onto the Democrats, saying that they should answer questions about their alleged anti-Semitism.


Breitbart: CNN's Jim Acosta pushes Charlottesville hoax at White House briefing

Fox News: Sarah Sanders spars with CNN’s Jim Acosta over anti-Semitism allegations

Sources on the right state that Trump’s comments that the Charlottesville protesters were “very fine people” were “false.” Breitbart also focuses on CNN’s lack of credibility, describing the “deceptive edits” of a video of Trump leading to an allegedly biased portrayal of the president.

Partisan politics

The argumentative interaction between Sanders and Acosta exemplified the aggressive nature of the press conference as a whole, as well as the political polarization now commonplace between Democrats and Republicans, and between the White House and the press.

White House press briefing or boxing match? You be the judge.



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