Watch: Acosta Tries Mansplaining Trump’s Wuhan Virus Timeline to Dr. Birx, and Trump Wasn’t Having Any of It

President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

On any given day of the week, Jim Acosta has shown he has no problems whatsoever with making a complete horse’s behind of himself on national TV if need be – if it can get him some sweet RTs and an outpouring of sympathy and/or backpats from the White House press corps.

Today was no different as CNN’s chief White House correspondent came armed with the same “gotcha” questions he’s asked of the Trump administration all week. It’s been some variation of “how could you have not seen this coming?” and “why did you lull Americans into a false sense of security?” Apparently Acosta believes that if he asks the same question differently five different times that he’s going to get the response he was looking for.

Not surprisingly, Acosta tried asking the question in a different way at today’s White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing when he inquired as to “who dropped the ball” after saying Health and Human Services Sec. Alex Azar warned of a pandemic of this magnitude a year ago.

After Trump noted Azar’s “warning” was based on a “concept” and not anything specifics, and after Azar corrected Acosta’s misstatement, coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx stepped in at some point to answer Acosta’s question. She noted that the time for recriminations about who knew what and when were for later, but that for now we needed to focus on what to do going forward.

At that point, she took the opportunity to state that the World Health Organization was telling people in early February that travel bans were not necessary, and that we didn’t know until mid January that there was human-to-human transmission of the virus.

But before she could finish her answer, Acosta interrupted Birx to claim that Trump stated that virus would “go away” in April. Trump tried to counter him but Acosta repeated the claim. At that point, Trump stepped back to the podium to let Acosta know that his time in the spotlight was over for the day:

A lot of folks took note of how Acosta cut Birx off before she could finish speaking, and called him out:

This perhaps was the most important takeaway of the exchange:

Yep. Can’t let the real truth get out there.

Sister Toldjah

Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 16+ year writer with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars.

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