CNN reporter's confrontation with raccoon at White House goes viral

CNN's Joe Johns went viral on Tuesday night after a confrontation with a raccoon on the White House lawn.

The network's senior Washington correspondent can be seen in the video throwing what appeared to be a work bag at the animal while attempting to shoo it away.

“Frickin' raccoons, man. God, again! This is the second time! Jesus ... It always comes around right around when I’m about to go on TV ... get!" a frustrated Johns said before growling at the raccoon.


Johns was praised on social media for how he handled the situation, with others saying the interaction encapsulated a tumultuous 2020.


Tuesday evening wasn't the first time reporters have encountered raccoons on White House property. CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid on Sept. 29 reported a raccoon had "attacked multiple news crews" on Sept. 29.