CNN’s Jim Acosta styles himself as a truth-telling journalist. While covering the Trump White House, he seldom missed a chance to make himself the story. It worked. He scored book deals, awards, and speaking gigs.
However, with former President Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election, Acosta has gone from covering the most powerful institution in the world to squatting outside the former president’s residence in Mar-a-Largo, hoping to relive the glory days by reporting whatever juicy gossip he comes across in the hope of reenergizing the anti-Trump “resistance” audience that made him media-famous in the first place.
A newly released video shows Trump regaling his Mar-a-Lago guests with his usual bogus claims that the 2020 election was stolen. It’s a sad video, considering that Trump, once the most powerful man in the world, has been reduced to complaining to his guests about an election he lost.
For Acosta, though, the video is more than just sad. It’s a chance to relive days of past glory — to “resist” Trump via commentary that no serious journalist would use while discussing any other elected leader.
Acosta spent actual airtime this weekend discussing the video.
A “new video that has emerged from President Trump,” said the CNN journalist, “addressing a crowd at Mar-a-Lago, once again spreading election lies, like the sad old Elvis act he has been doing lately.”
The video shows Trump saying, “I wouldn’t be surprised if they found thousands and thousands and thousands of votes. So we’re going to watch it very closely.”
Acosta put on his best somber face and launched into the usual anti-Trump commentary that made him famous (for a time) with news audiences.
“This is like watching the Hall of Discredited Presidents at Disney World,” said Acosta. “It’s like he’s an animatronic character, spewing out this stuff all over again like he has a string you pull behind him and replace the batteries when they’re low inside.”
That could also be a description of Acosta himself, whose entire career since the 2020 election has consisted of repeating his anti-Trump greatest hits. The world has moved on, but, like Trump, Acosta hasn’t.
Acosta learned early in the Trump era that he could win far more plaudits and fame by being really, really obnoxiously anti-Trump than he ever could by being a good reporter and finding actual scoops. He knows it, and you know it. That’s why he wasted time this weekend on a pathetic Mar-a-Lago video. Acosta is trying to keep the thrill alive, hoping to get his viewers jazzed again by complaining about a man who is no longer president.
The two men seemed to have a symbiotic relationship. Trump needed obnoxious journalists to serve as his foil, and, in return, Trump gave Acosta “resistance” stardom. But you know what? It’s probably time for both of them to move on.