Jim Acosta's Alleged 'Assault' of White House Intern Debated on 'The View'
"When you look at the clip, is that inappropriate touching? We know when someone is accused of assault, that's a very loaded word," said Whoopi Goldberg.
An intense debate on whether or not CNN reporter, Jim Acosta, "assaulted" a White House intern during a press conference with President Trump took place on ABC's morning talk show, "The View."
CNN's Jim Acosta, who is now banned from the White House, asked the Commander-In-Chief a tough question on his illogical rhetoric on invading migrant caravans and President Trump became combative.
Initially, the President attempted to evade the question but Acosta pressed the issue, which resulted in insults from Trump.
"You know what? Honestly, I think you should let me run the country. You run CNN," Trump fired back. "If you did it well, your ratings would be much better."
Never answering the question, Trump moved on to another reporter while a White House intern attempted to snatch the mic from his hand. According to the video, Acosta raised his arm and then held on to the microphone with both hands as the intern continuously tried to remove it form his hands.
The "Hot Topics" portion of "The View" weighed in on the "scandal" because White House press secretary Sarah Sanders accused the reporter of inappropriately touching the young woman.
Whoopi Goldberg began the discussion by asking: "When you look at the clip, is that inappropriate touching? We know when someone is accused of assault, that's a very loaded word. Did that look like assault?"
The other hosts, quickly, responded with varying viewpoints.
"In my opinion, no," said Abby Huntsman. "You have a president that does not live in a fact-based world a lot of the time and his tone was so aggressive, but you also have people in the press core that are constantly aching to make the headlines and to get those soundbites."
She also admitted that she thought that reporters are "not supposed to be the story" and adding that she was "frustrated" watching the interaction between Acosta and Trump.
Meghan McCain seconded the sentiment but then weighed in on what transpired between Acosta and the intern. She elaborated by saying: "In general, I don't like when men touch me without permission. If I were handing that and some man went like this, I wouldn't like it. Is it assault? I don't think it goes to the level of assault. Is it inappropriate — 100 percent."
Sunny Hostin jumped in to explain the legality of the interaction.
"For me, when I saw that, I mean, I learned very early on that what I saw was battery — not by Jim Acosta, but by the young White House aide," Hostin said. "When you are holding something, if I may, if you're holding something and you snatch this from me, this cup is now an extension of me, and that means you've battered me, you've assaulted me."
Huntsman reacted to the statement exclaiming: "So you're blaming the woman in this situation, for doing her job."
McCain responded sarcastically saying, "So it's the woman's fault for doing her job. So that White House intern should be arrested for batter."
Being a former prosecutor, Hostin simply replied: "I'm telling you what the law is."
"So we should get her arrested for battery, clearly," McCain continued. "I'm saying that facetiously, obviously. You better arrest her, I mean, I better go arrest her for battery."
Goldberg interjected as McCain began to talk over Hostin telling McCain to stop and to allow Hostin to finish because she was the lawyer.
It was obvious that the panel saw the exchange in a very different way. Huntsman finally said, "These are tough conversations."
Goldberg shut her down, replying: "They're actually not, because part of me will say this to everybody, I don't know how long I could be a nice person if I got my face yelled at constantly that I was fake and a liar and a terrible person," Goldberg countered. "I think I would start to get a little crabby also. I'm not making excuses, but I do wonder how long folks are supposed to be nice and take it. I think that you can't be surprised if they're a little crunchy."
Reader Question: What do you think would have been an appropriate reaction by Acosta when the intern attempted to snatch the mic from his hands?
"You try to destroy our heritage; you're tearing down monuments!" he screamed.
For her actions, Wendy Bies spent the night behind bars.
Wendy Bies, a 53-year-old white woman, walked into the Gallatin County Courthouse looking for a ballot; she walked out of the courthouse with a criminal record.
How did this trade happen? She saw Brian Mango waiting in line to vote in the Montana's battleground U.S. Senate and congressional campaigns on Tuesday, and told the 22-year-old, "Go back where you came from."
"Do you know why mom is here? Because Americans bombed her country," Mango said of his mother, a refugee from Laos.
"Do you know why my dad's here? Because they brought his ancestors here in chains," he said of his father, who is Black.
Bies replied with ridicule, "They wanted to come to America to get out of that f*cking a**-hole city. So don't you tell me this is not where you want to be."
Realizing that she may have started something she could not get out of, Bies bellowed, "You are not going to stop me from voting. We need a civil order to separate us."
Mango said Bies began making racial comments after she told him he had a "cute butt."
Footage was captured by Tennison Big Day, a Native American, who was behind the two of them in line. Big Day told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle he heard Bies claim that it was President Trump who gave Mango his voting rights.
Bies spent the rest of election night in Gallatin County jail after being arrested on charges of obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct. She pleaded not guilty and remained jailed on $500 bail Wednesday afternoon.
See the video:
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These threats of violence follow numerous attacks on Abrams and her campaign.
The midterm elections have been rifled with racist rhetoric against Black gubernatorial candidates like Florida's Andrew Gillum and Georgia's Stacey Abrams. But the rhetoric hit a head with the pledge of violence if Abrams wins the election in Georgia.
Her racist comments cost Susan Westwood her job, her apartment, and gave her a criminal record.
Susan Westwood's racist rant landed her simple assault and criminal threats charges and a warrant after leaving the scene where she harassed the Garris sisters outside their Charlotte, N.C., apartment complex, threatening them with concealed weapons.
The fake 911 call she made saying that the sisters were trying to break in also earned her a misdemeanor warrant for misuse of the 911 system, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Westwood was booked by Sunset Beach Police on Saturday and transferred to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department. She was later released.
The Garris sisters' attorney, Michael Phillips, brought up the safety issue in terms of concealed weapons and threats to residents to the Camden Fairview Apartments attorneys, and they agreed to evict Westwood.
"When I spoke with them and their legal counsel they agreed that that behavior was not going to be tolerated at their apartment complex," Phillips said.
Westwood had threatened to take out her concealed weapons after telling the sisters that she was white and hot, and that they didn't belong there.
The 911 call Westwood made was released by police:
"There are folks that are trying to break in. They're trying to get in the apartments. They are actually people that I've never seen here before ― but they are African American."
When the dispatcher said that police were already responding to a broken down car in that area, Westwood replied: "If you want to know my personal opinion, there's no car broken down. There's somebody trying to cause problems. Nobody breaks their car down in the best part of society."
"They just don't belong here. … Get them out of here," Westwood demanded. "I'll tell you what, I'll pay $2,500 to get them out of here."
In a recording of a call made by Garris, she told another dispatcher that she was still waiting for police while Westwood was harassing her.
Westwood was heard screaming, "You're not going to sell drugs here."
Garris had to call 911 twice to get a response about Westwood, and when they showed up Westwood had already gone. She was MIA for four days, before turning herself in.
"We are so distraught and still very upset about what has taken place only because of the color of our skin. It was so upsetting to know that today we still have this overt racism that's going on in 2018," said one of the sisters.
"These automated calls are being sent into homes just days before President Trump arrives," said Abigail Collazo, Stacey Abrams' spokeswoman.
Cohen said Trump commented in 2016: "Black people are too stupid to vote for me."
Returned during W's presidency, the murderer was released by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's department.
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