Trump is a snake — and he’s poisoning the Republican Party: CNN’s Jim Acosta

CNN anchor Jim Acosta lectured Republicans on Saturday for creating a situation where Donald Trump can destroy their electoral hopes in the 2022 midterm elections.

Acosta noted Trump's support for Republican Glenn Youngkin, who is running for governor of Virginia in November's election.

"Youngkin has made the non-issue of election integrity a big part of his campaign, even though there was integrity in the last election, it's just that Trump lost," Acosta noted. "But as one Trump adviser told me recently, the GOP is now being held hostage by the former president who is threatening sabotage if he doesn't get what he wants."

Acosta read a statement that Trump issued on Wednesday.

"If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do," Trump argued.

Acosta noted Trump is now fundraising off of his statement.

"Grifting on his hostage taking," is how Acosta described it.

"Republican operatives are privately grumbling that Trump is repeating what he did in the last Georgia senate race, encouraging his supporters to stay home and helping Democrats capture the Senate. If it happens again next year, democrats will keep control of Congress," Acosta explained.

He suggested Trump warned Republicans he would eventually turn on them, playing a clip of a 2017 rally where he told the parable of a woman who was poisoned by a snake, with the snake noting that she knew he was a snake.

Acosta said, "with Trump, of course, this is not a poem, it's projection."

"Trump's political career would have ended had Republicans just finally given up on him after January 6th. Instead, they took in that half frozen snake and they gave him another chance. In return, Trump is threatening to poison the party once again," Acosta said. "A lesson, not just for Republicans, but the rest of the country. Letting Trump off the hook would almost certainly breathe new life into his chances for 2024. As the snake warned all of us, 'You knew I was a snake before you took me in.'"