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Eric Bolling: Trump supporters should have chanted 'Acosta sucks,' not 'CNN sucks'

Eric Bolling: Trump supporters should have chanted 'Acosta sucks,' not 'CNN sucks'
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CRTV host Eric Bolling says attendees at a Trump rally in Tampa on Tuesday night were both "right and wrong" in their heckling CNN’s Jim Acosta, arguing that "they should’ve been saying ‘Acosta sucks,' not ‘CNN sucks.’" 

The perspective from the former Fox News host comes after hecklers booed Acosta at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall while chanting "CNN sucks," a common refrain at President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE’s events. 

Acosta called the heckling a "sorry scene" while expressing concern that "somebody might get hurt" due to the president's rhetoric directed at the media, and particularly CNN.

"That group, right there in that Tampa audience, was right and wrong," Bolling told Newsmax TV on Wednesday. 

“They were wrong for saying CNN sucks,” he continued. “CNN, let’s be honest, has an opinion. They don’t suck.”

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“Jim Acosta sucks. Period." Bolling concluded. "They should’ve been saying ‘Acosta sucks’, not ‘CNN sucks.’ Jim Acosta is using whatever animosity, or whatever fighting he’s got going on with the White House to up his own personal profile, not to get to the information.”

Trump regularly dismisses CNN as "fake news,” criticizing the network more than any other broadcast news outlet in his ongoing feud with the press.

Acosta, who was promoted to chief White House correspondent in January, has been booed at Trump rallies before. He often spars with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as well as Trump himself.

Asked about the heckling on Wednesday, Sanders said the CNN protesters were making use of their First Amendment rights.

"While we support freedom of the press, we also support freedom of speech. Those things go hand in hand," Sanders said.

The president, who hasn't appeared on CNN in nearly two years, also retweeted a tweet by his son Eric, who included video of Acosta being heckled with "CNN sucks" chants while adding the hashtag #Truth and the reporter's Twitter handle, @Acosta.

Bolling joined CRTV in May and launched his program, "America" on the streaming network on July 4. 

Bolling left Fox News last year amid allegations that he sent female coworkers lewd and inappropriate messages.