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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?

The Conversation (3)
Melvin Todd09 Nov, 2018

I see nothing wrong with Acosta's reaction. I thought that he was very professional in the way he responded. No professional should allow themselves to be treated with disrespect... even from the POTUS. This is the United States of America, not North Korea or Iraq (pre "Desert Storm"). Glad to see that Acosta respectfully stood his ground. In my view, the intern was uncommonly aggressive in her manner of trying to snatch the mic from Acosta. She is obviously has been schooled by the White House staff in how show disrespect to the press. She should have waited a couple of seconds for to hand her the mic.

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Update: Student Wearing MAGA Hat Standing Face-to-Face With Native American Veteran Releases Statement

"I was not intentionally making faces at the [protester]," said Nick Sandmann.

Screen shot of Instagram video by Kaya Taitano

UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at 7 a.m.

Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School Junior who stands in front of Nathan Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe and a veteran, in a viral video that has sparked outrage, made a statement through a lawyer and spokesman on Sunday night.

Sandmann said the students decided to raise their voices to drown out the comments against them by four protesters who identify themselves as Black Hebrew Israelites. A video has been released of the incident.

"A student in our group asked one of our teacher chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group," Sandmann said in his statement. "The chants are commonly used at sporting events. They are all positive in nature and sound like what you would hear at any high school," he said.

Phillips walked up to the students and said he started drumming and singing a song to encourage unity trying to quell the argument.

"There was that moment when I realized I've put myself between beast and prey,'' Phillips told the Detroit Free Press. "These young men were beastly and these old Black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that.''

But said at one point, he claims the teenagers started saying "Go back to the reservation'' and broke into chants of "Build that wall.'' He also questioned why chaperones did not get involved.

"I was scared," Phillips told CNN. "I don't like the word 'hate.' I don't like even saying it, but it was hate unbridled. It was like a storm."

Sandmann claims he was "not intentionally making faces at the [protester]. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation."

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington in Kentucky is currently investigating the incident.

ORIGINAL STORY Published Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019

Students wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, who attend Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, K.Y., were in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the anti-abortion March for Life rally. In a video, it appears that Nathan Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe and a veteran, was being mocked by the students at the Lincoln Memorial.

The incident occurred as the Indigenous Peoples March was ending. Videos showing their behavior went viral on social media on Saturday.

One of the students, standing less than a foot away, appears to be trying to intimidate Phillips by staring him down with a mocking smirk on his face. Phillips was in the midst of drumming and singing a song of unity:

Kaya Taitano, who shot the video, told CNN that MAGA hat-wearing-students and four Black teens, who'd been preaching about the Bible nearby, started yelling and calling each other names. That's why Phillips started drumming and singing a song to encourage unity trying to quell the argument.

President Trump, whom the students apparently idolize, posted a tweet last week to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who plans to run for president in the 2020 election.

Trump made fun of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre in response to a video Warren posted on Instagram.

Phillips, a Vietnam Era veteran who said he served between 1972 and 1976, is in tears as he explains in a video how the incident on Friday made him feel:

"I heard them saying, 'Build that wall, build that wall.' This in indigenous land. You know, we're not supposed to have walls here. We never did …"

He continued, "Before anybody else came here, we never had walls. We never had a prison. We always took care of our elders. We took care of our children. We always provided for them. We taught them right from wrong."

He said he wishes the young men who taunted him would use "that energy to make this country really great."

Robert "Bob" Rowe is the principal of Covington Catholic High School (email: browe@covcath.org).

An investigation is now taking place, and the MAGA teens could be expelled. The Diocese of Covington and the high school issued the following statement on Saturday:

"We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.

"The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.

"We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement."

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org demanding changes at the high school.

Many are saying on social media that the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students mimics how whites tried to intimidate Blacks during the civil rights movement:

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