Jim Acosta responds to pro-Trump crowd chanting 'CNN sucks'

CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaAmerican Medical Association rips Trump's claim that doctors inflating COVID-19 numbers Spicer mocks Pelosi claim of CNN being GOP 'apologists': 'Had no idea I had Wolf Blitzer in my pocket' Jim Acosta responds to pro-Trump crowd chanting 'CNN sucks' MORE responded to a pro-Trump crowd chanting "CNN sucks" at a Monday rally for President Trump in Florida.

Acosta was delivering a live address Monday about the lack of social distancing at the event and attendees seen without masks while a crowd chanted behind him "CNN sucks."

"As this crowd is chanting that there are members of the press here who suck, I should also point out ... what also sucks: getting the coronavirus," Acosta said Monday.


Following Trump's own battle with COVID-19, the president has been eager to return to the campaign trail, boasting that he is "immune" to the disease after doctors cleared him to end his quarantine.

"I am fighting to make sure we eradicate the virus, rebuild the economy and save our country from the radical left," Trump told the crowd in at an airport in Sanford, Fla.

Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., took to Twitter to echo the hecklers at the rally, replying, "Fact check: True."


Additionally, Acosta was attacked for hypocrisy following his live show at the rally, as some bystanders noticed he was without a mask after he went off the air, SV News reported.

Acosta fired back at SV's report in an Instagram comment, saying, "This is a lie. I was eating. And the mask is around my ear."

Trump's rallies have been highly criticized by public health experts as numerous attendees have been seen flouting COVID-19 safety measures.

The Trump campaign has said it requires all guests to receive temperature checks before entering rallies and hands out masks and sanitizers to patrons in attendance.