President-elect Donald Trump refused to call on a CNN reporter during his Wednesday morning press conference by declaring that the entire network was “fake news.”
Now Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) has gone a step further than Trump did and demanded that CNN fire reporter Jim Acosta for his purportedly “disrespectful” behavior toward the president-elect.
“The CNN reporter who was disruptive to the press briefing, & disrespectful to Trump-should be fired & prohibited from any press briefings,” Weber wrote on Twitter Thursday morning.
The CNN reporter who was disruptive to the press briefing, & disrespectful to Trump-should be fired & prohibited from any press briefings.
— Randy Weber (@TXRandy14) January 12, 2017
Weber’s tweet comes as Trump press secretary Sean Spicer has continued to attack Acosta, while demanding that the reporter apologize for his supposed rude behavior.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 12, 2017
Weber’s rant against Acosta was met with a flurry of criticism on social media, as users accused the congressman of working to undermine the First Amendment guarantee to free speech and a free press.
You should read the First Amendment.
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) January 12, 2017
Are you very dumb, very evil, or both?
— maura quint (@behindyourback) January 12, 2017
no he shouldn't. Free press allows people to ask any questions even though Trump doesn't want to hear them.
— Duder O'Malley (@duderomalley) January 12, 2017
Violating the First Amendment is odd for a party that wraps itself in the Constitution.
— Corinne Marasco (@CorinneAM) January 12, 2017
Randy, for one, welcomes our new authoritarian overlords.https://t.co/iTT5u69kBB
— Old Rant Dump (@TrumpinTheShark) January 12, 2017
. @TXRandy14 In all seriousness, when you took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution, what did you think it meant?
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) January 12, 2017