CNN’s Jim Acosta says he was heckled at Trump rally: ‘The press is not the enemy’


CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta said he was heckled at President Trump’s Make America Great Again rally on Tuesday night.

Acosta posted a video to Twitter from the Tampa, Florida, event which showed the aggressive crowd shouting and flipping the bird at reporters and camera crews in the press pool. One bearded man was wearing a “F— the Media” tee-shirt.

“Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa,” the CNN veteran tweeted. “I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way.

“The press is not the enemy.”

One bearded man in the crowd could be seen wearing a “F— the Media” tee-shirt, while another stared at the camera and shouted: “Stop lying.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a rally in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pushed back on Trump's suggestion that he'd be willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani with 'no preconditions,' saying the two countries spent plenty of time in negotiations already. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a rally in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pushed back on Trump's suggestion that he'd be willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani with 'no preconditions,' saying the two countries spent plenty of time in negotiations already. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, addresses the crowd during a rally in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pushed back on Trump's suggestion that he'd be willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani with 'no preconditions,' saying the two countries spent plenty of time in negotiations already. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Protesters are removed from the crowd during a rally with U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pushed back on Trump's suggestion that he'd be willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani with 'no preconditions,' saying the two countries spent plenty of time in negotiations already. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
TAMPA, FL - JULY 31: CNN reporter Jim Acosta (R) speaks to people before the arrival of President Donald Trump for his Make America Great Again Rally at the Florida State Fair Grounds Expo Hall on July 31, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. Before the rally, President Trump was scheduled to visit the Tampa Bay Technical High School for a roundtable discussion on Workforce Development in Tampa. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump pauses as attendees applaud during a rally in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pushed back on Trump's suggestion that he'd be willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani with 'no preconditions,' saying the two countries spent plenty of time in negotiations already. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump smiles onstage during a rally in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pushed back on Trump's suggestion that he'd be willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani with 'no preconditions,' saying the two countries spent plenty of time in negotiations already. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attendees shout at members of the media during a rally with U.S. President Donald Trump in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pushed back on Trump's suggestion that he'd be willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani with 'no preconditions,' saying the two countries spent plenty of time in negotiations already. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Imagesz
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a rally in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pushed back on Trump's suggestion that he'd be willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani with 'no preconditions,' saying the two countries spent plenty of time in negotiations already. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he takes the stage during a rally in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pushed back on Trump's suggestion that he'd be willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani with 'no preconditions,' saying the two countries spent plenty of time in negotiations already. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attendees stand in line ahead of a rally with U.S. President Donald Trump in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pushed back on Trump's suggestion that he'd be willing to meet President Hassan Rouhani with 'no preconditions,' saying the two countries spent plenty of time in negotiations already. Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Trump’s rally on Tuesday was part of his campaign to support Rep. Ron DeSantis, the congressman representing Florida’s sixth congressional district, who is running in the Republican primary for Florida governor.

It came just two days after the president tweeted that he had met with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger to talk about why “vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, ‘Enemy of the People.’ Sad!”

Reporting from the maelstrom in Florida on Tuesday night, Acosta said: “One of the surprising things I heard tonight in Tampa is Trump supporters saying I should be on their team. Anybody remember when we were all on the same team? I do.”

He also responded to a tweet from Eric Trump that linked to a report about the crowd chanting “CNN Sucks” with the hashtag #Truth.

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