CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett commented on CNN’s Jim Acosta’s spat with President Donald Trump during a post-election press conference on “The Late Show” Wednesday, saying journalists must show solidarity for one another.
Garrett described the press conference as “the most bombastic” of his career and said Trump’s behavior is beginning to affect how the press corps treats one another. (RELATED: CNN’s Jim Acosta Says Press Can’t Be Intimidated By Trump)
“That’s another thing that’s completely different in the Trump era. Historically, it’s all one man, one woman for him, herself. You do your thing, I’ll do my thing. I’m just going to try to be as competitive as I can in that environment, get my question, get my answer and that’s it,” Garrett said.
“Now, because there is a collective sense that the president is not play-acting with his attacks on the media and maybe means it, and those of us who attend rallies know his supporters react to it — sometimes in ways that are so hostile as to make us concerned about our own physical safety, that there is a more of an impetus to sort of lock arms, just a little bit, and say — ‘Mr. President, if you’re going to come at us that aggressively, we are going to lock arms because collectively, the First Amendment is what unites all of us, and in the room and in the moment, we at least have to express that to you.'”
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