Conservative Columnist Says WH Should Be Sued For Jim Acosta Stunt: ‘Violates Every Democratic Norm One Can Think Of’
On Thursday, a conservative Washington Post columnist blasted the White House for stripping CNN’s Jim Acosta of his credentials by falsely accusing him of harassing an intern.
The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin wrote a column claiming that Acosta should sue the White House for breaching the First Amendment of the Constitution by stripping him of his credentials.
Trump’s conduct, as carried out by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “violates every democratic norm one can think of — and what’s more, is illegal,” Rubin wrote.
“The government cannot punish or threaten the press or individuals based on the content of what is reported” under the First Amendment, the columnist noted, adding that “a federal court already ordered Trump to unblock Twitter users who were critical of him.”
Rubin noted that there was already a lawsuit by PEN America against Trump for threatening journalists with government retaliation but that “Acosta has an even more obvious case because he is the one whose rights have been directly violated.”
“The utility of filing a lawsuit (other than in annoying and embarrassing Trump and Sanders) would be a declaratory judgment ordering the White House to return Acosta’s credentials and barring the White House from taking such action in the future,” she added.
Rubin said that members of the press should stand up for Acosta until his credentials are returned and they should boycott Sanders’ press briefings.
“While I believe the press must continue to cover and attend news conferences when Trump is present, there is absolutely no reason to attend Sanders’s briefings,” the conservative commentator wrote, “which do not impart information but instead use the press as a forum to abuse and threaten reporters and spread misinformation.”