When CNN’s Jim Acosta arrived at CPAC on Friday, he was quickly engulfed by conference attendees heckling him and chanting, “CNN sucks!”
This year’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference—being held this year in Orlando, Florida instead of Washington, D.C. due to COVID-19 restrictions—began on Friday, will feature a whole assortment of conservative speakers and culminate with former President Donald Trump speaking on Sunday.
Video from Bloomberg News’ William Turton at the scene shows Acosta completely surrounded in a large, open-space lobby area by a crowd of cellphone-wielding attendees.
At one point in Turton’s footage, a woman could be heard saying, “Get him. Get him.”
One man wearing a mask that appeared to say “Joe Biden Is Not My President” also shouted, “Fake news. Jim Acosta is fake news!”
Then the crowd starts chanting “CNN sucks! CNN sucks! CNN sucks!” and the Acosta tries to make his way through the sea of people.
At another point while Acosta was stuck in the crowd, David Marcus of The Federalist confronted the CNN journalist about the network’s lack of coverage of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s numerous ongoing scandals while Acosta was conducting an interview.
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“When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?” Marcus asked him bluntly, with Acosta telling him that he was in the middle of an interview.
Marcus repeated his question, and Acosta asserted that “we do.”
The exchange then devolved into Marcus saying CNN hasn’t been covering Cuomo and Acosta saying the network has been, with Marcus getting more specific about the governor’s scandals.
Acosta tried to deescalate the situation, saying to him, “Sir, let me just finish this interview and then I’ll talk to you, okay? If you don’t mind.”
“No,” Marcus angrily replied.
“What do you mean ‘no’?” Acosta asked.
“I mean no,” Marcus responded.
“Well then excuse me, I have an interview,” Acosta said, brushing him off.
Marcus then approached Acosta again and interrupted his interview, continuing to ask him questions about covering Cuomo.
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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap
President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.
According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.
In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were “wrongfully detained.” He said the American’s would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.
“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.
Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.
The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”
“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.
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