CNN reporter Jim Acosta inadvertently proved walls work in a video report meant to discredit President Trump’s assertion that there is a crisis at the US border.
Acosta was ridiculed on Twitter Thursday after filming along a stretch of the steel slats serving as a border wall near McAllen, Texas, where the reporter noted there was no illegal activity happening.
I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today. pic.twitter.com/KRoLdszLUu
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
“I found some steel slats down on the border,” Acosta tweeted. “But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.”
Several on Twitter pointed out Acosta’s stunt, intended to portray the border as anything but chaotic, backfired big time, instead proving that areas protected by a border fence are safe.
So you went down to the border and found that there is no national emergency situation where steel slats have been erected? Good own. https://t.co/hykUVEYsfb
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) January 10, 2019
Jim Acosta just posted one of the biggest self owns ever.
He's walking along the border where there's a wall in place talking about how there's nothing that "resembles a national emergency situation" and "there's no migrants trying to rush."
That's because there's a wall, Jim. https://t.co/qkuWRhxolW
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 10, 2019
— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) January 10, 2019
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) January 10, 2019
"As you can see behind me Wolf, walls work. No illegal immigration here. No chaos. No child smuggling. No drugs — wait a second.
I'm just getting an update in my ear here. Oh shit. Ah Forget all that, um…"
***feed cuts out***
Just ask Jim Acosta pic.twitter.com/03gRk2lEAo
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 10, 2019
Acosta continued his evidently un-self-aware campaign by interviewing a Rio Grande Valley resident living near the border fence, who confirmed the area is perfectly safe.
Local residents confirm the area, which has a border wall, is safe: https://t.co/GZF6KlSuqS
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 10, 2019
On a related note, Mexican authorities on Thursday reported finding a pile of at least 20 dead bodies, 17 of them burned, from a suspected gang shootout just hours from McAllen — the city President Trump, and Jim Acosta, are visiting.