This season of America is so wild, y’all. Did you catch last week’s episode where President Trump was holding a press conference and Jim Acosta from CNN asked him a few pointed questions, so Trump sent in an intern to take his microphone away and then revoked his press credentials? Then had his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders try to make it seem like it was because Jim had “placed hands” on the intern by posting a video they got from a fringe, right-wing conspiracy website, which one of Trump’s attorneys later confirmed to had been “not altered” but “sped up“? That shit was BANANAS. Well, this week’s episode is just as crazy. CNN and Jim are suing Donald, Sarah, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the Deputy Chief of staff, the Director of the Secret Service, and an individual secret service officer.
(Jeff Probst voice) Previously on America:
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
America is burning through plots, much like the California wildfires Trump tried to shoehorn into last week’s episode. CNN and their chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta have taken the unprecedented step of suing the President et al, in order to restore Jim’s access to the White House. They also hope to prevent the White House from revoking it again in the future. CNN writes:
“The lawsuit is a response to the White House’s suspension of Acosta’s press pass, known as a Secret Service ‘hard pass,’ last week. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban.
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning. It was docketed and assigned to Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump appointee. CNN is seeking a preliminary hearing as soon as possible.”
Sarah issued a response claiming that CNN is merely “grandstanding” and that the defendants (of which she is one!) will “vigorously defend” themselves against the lawsuit. She also changed her tune about the reason for Jim’s ban. Instead of reminding us of that she posted a “distorted” video from InfoWars, she now says Jim’s pass was revoked because he asked too many questions, which is just about the most honest thing I think Sarah has ever accidentally said. Her statement reads:
“After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions – each of which the President answered – he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions. This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters.”
Trump himself back-tracked on that one too, saying Jim was “not nice to that young woman,” but “I don’t hold him for that because it wasn’t overly, you know, horrible.” Wow, such eloquence. Eat your heart out Kevin Spacey, you wish you ever had monologues that juicy. I can’t tell anymore if these characters are supposed to be transparently evil, or if it’s just lazy writing. CNN contends that Trump’s actions “fly in the face of decades of tradition and precedent” and the suit has the public support of the ACLU and the White House Correspondents Association.
Man, I really, really hope they don’t cancel America. I know it’s crazy, but it’s impossible not to watch. Plus I’ve got a gig as a background extra I’d like to keep. But the way things currently are, maybe it should go on hiatus and the producers can reboot it as America: The Next Generation in a couple of years.