CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta is promoting his new book by pushing a baseless conspiracy theory and claiming that President Donald Trump is putting reporters “lives at risk.”
While speaking with CNN’s Brian Stelter about his new book, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America,” Acosta was given all the time he wanted to question Trump’s mental health and claim, without any evidence, that the president is “crazy.”
“I tell folks I’m not a psychiatrist so I can’t assess the president’s mental state, but I will tell you my sense of it is covering him for a pretty long period of time now is he’s more crazy like a fox,” Acosta said.
“What Trump tries to do is really control the narrative by saying sensational things that sound wild and nutty sometimes and he does this because he knows it dominates the news cycle,” Acosta said. “That makes it a priority for us in the news business to talk about him nonstop and he loves that and he capitalizes on that.”
Stelter then cited a section in Acosta’s book, where he claimed an unnamed source called Trump “insane.”
“I went back later to this official and I said why did you say that?” Acosta said, saying the official told him, “‘I was just frustrated with the president’s lack of understanding of the Constitution, the constraints placed on the presidency.’”
Acosta has been using this logic for quite some time, and claimed earlier this year that Trump’s “tone” has created an environment where journalists can be killed.
While speaking before the Oxford Union Society in the United Kingdom, Acosta complained about Trump referring to the media as the “enemy of the people” could help create an environment where journalists are killed.
“Perhaps they won’t stop calling us the enemy of the people because it works so well with their people, but all of this adds up to one painful reality: this is a dangerous time to tell the truth in America,” Acosta began, adding that proponents of such rhetoric create “an atmosphere where people can get hurt, where journalists can get murdered.”
According to Acosta, Trump’s rhetoric could lead to journalists being killed and his administration poses a direct threat to America’s democracy.
Acosta has a long history of controversial comments and making everything about himself.
Late last year, he wrote “f**k you” on Twitter to former White House official because he teased the CNN reporter for whining about music being too loud at a Trump rally.
Prior to that, Acosta stormed out of a White House press briefing and tweeted, “I’m over this” after getting owned by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.