In his upcoming book, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to tell the Truth in America”, Jim Acosta mostly refers to various anonymous sources, who allegedly didn’t mince words while describing their boss – President Donald Trump.
Acosta, whose press pass to the presidential residence was briefly revoked in November 2018, cites a “senior White House official” as claiming that “the president’s insane”, while a “former White House national security official” is quoted as saying that personnel are not sure POTUS hasn’t been “compromised” by Russia.
President Trump, who has previously slammed a host of books about his administration as fiction, has yet to comment on the claims – but will highly likely do so on his all-time favourite micro-blogging platform, Twitter.
The book, which is expected to be published on 11 June, has already sent Twitter into meltdown, with many netizens saying that they do not trust those journalists who refuse to provide the names of their sources:
Jim is the front row of insanity.— JC (@jmlucyc) 26 мая 2019 г.
Without a name on the record, I don't believe any journalist.— Buff Maloney (@bmaloney7861) 26 мая 2019 г.
Anon quotes worthless— fredzannarbor (@fredzannarbor) 27 мая 2019 г.
Others sarcastically tweeted that the “insane” part was not news:
That's nothing we haven't known all along.— Susan Burkhart🌊🌊🌊 (@susanburkhart7) 27 мая 2019 г.
Yup. Insane. He's dangerous!— deb armstrong (@beamerofjoy) 26 мая 2019 г.
Jim is on the front row of this insanity. I trust that he knows what is really going on right now.— Suzanne (@Castlesuzanne) 26 мая 2019 г.
All authors seem to agree that Trump is both crazy and stupid.— JEFF (@YouTubeJEFF9K) 26 мая 2019 г.
Many said they can’t wait for Trump’s signature savage tweets to roast Acosta and his book:
trump isn’t going to like this. Can’t wait for the tweet storm slamming Acosta. Should be slanderously entertaining.— Leetesgirl2 (@MitziForPelosi) 25 мая 2019 г.
So Jim, I guess you don't expect to be allowed on the WH property after that launch! Can't wait to read.— Garfield Myrie (@MyrieGarfield) 25 мая 2019 г.
Lawsuit threats from Trump coming in 5,4,3,2…— ILucy (@Good1Lucy) 27 мая 2019 г.
Countdown to Twitter storm making this a best seller— amazing nonsense (@heardinboca) 27 мая 2019 г.
The book comes amid bad blood between Acosta and Trump, who has consistently dismissed CNN as “fake news” and accused the network of providing a biased coverage of his administration.
During a regular White House news conference in November 2018, Trump snapped at the CNN correspondent after he refused to give up the microphone and kept bombarding him with questions.
The reporter then tried to interrupt him and went ahead with follow-ups, but when Trump said that it was enough, he seemingly ignored him and made continuous attempts to ask another question about the probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election until a White House staffer took the mic away from him.
After Acosta finally gave up and took his seat, Trump lashed out at him, saying that CNN “should be ashamed of itself, having you working for them”.
“You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN… You’re a very rude person”, the president continued.
Following the public row, Acosta’s press pass to the White House was revoked, but several days later it was fully restored.