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Even after his schtick with Donald Trump has come to an end, CNN News’ “chief domestic correspondent,” Jim Acosta continues to pander to the far left and make himself look ridiculous in the process.
This weekend the CNN host took aim at Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a favorite target of the network, and Congressional Republicans.
Acosta was incensed that Carlson said that former police officer Derek Chauvin did not get a fair trial because the jury was intimidate by the prospect of Black Lives Matter protests.
“The jury in the Derek Chauvin trial came to a unanimous and unequivocal verdict Tuesday afternoon: ‘Please don’t hurt us.’ The jurors spoke for many in this country. everyone understood perfectly well the consequences of an acquittal in this case. After nearly a year of burning, looting and murder by BLM, that was never in doubt,” Carlson said.
A day after Carlson said that an alternate juror in the case said that she thought about the possibility of riots too, proving Carlson’s point.
“I had mixed feelings,” alternate Lisa Christensen said to KARE11. “I did not want to go through rioting and destruction again, and I was concerned about people coming to my house if they were not happy with the verdict.”
She did not play a role in the verdict as an alternate juror, but what are the chances that she was the only person tasked with jury duty in the case to feel that way?
It is important to note that this was not the main reason she would have voted to convict. She said that she would have convicted him either way as she thought the prosecution did a good job of presenting its case and she did believe Chauvin was guilty of murder. But, even though she would not have voted to acquit, jurors should not have to be concerned about riots or harm to themselves if they did.
But none of that played a role for Acosta who insinuated that Carlson is a white supremacist.
“It’s not just Laura Ingraham. How about Tucker Carlson who in the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict showed us all what’s under the hood,” he said.
“It’s not just Laura Ingraham. How about Tucker Carlson who in the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict showed us all what’s under the hood” pic.twitter.com/2KguWV8ViU
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 24, 2021
“But let’s be real. Tucker Carlson’s anger wasn’t about the actions of a police officer who murdered a man, but about the guilty verdict. Or as Carlson, Fox’s chief white power correspondent, described the decision, ‘please don’t hurt us,’” he said on Saturday during “CNN Newsroom.”
“Now, you can call this an act or a shtick, but these big race-baiting lies have been spreading like a cancer on the far-right. They are dangerous, and they’ve reached the halls of Congress.”
He highlighted a tweet by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene that said “DC is completely dead tonight. People stayed in and were scared to go out because of fear of riots. Police are everywhere and have riot gear. #BLM is the strongest terrorist threat in our county.”
DC is completely dead tonight. People stayed in and were scared to go out because of fear of riots.
Police are everywhere and have riot gear.#BLM is the strongest terrorist threat in our county.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) April 21, 2021
“That’s a lie. Let’s be real. People were not hiding in the homes that night. I went out. I had a burger. It was delicious,” Acosta said dismissively, as if Black Lives Matter protests have not routinely culminated in rioting, burning and looting.
He showed peaceful Black Lives Matter protests next to the riot in the Capitol on January 6 as if that is the only riot that has happened and Black Lives Matter is always peaceful.
This came after Rep. Maxine Waters told Black Lives Matter supporters to get “more confrontational” if Chauvin was not convicted.
“I’m going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice,” Waters she said to reporters just before the 11 p.m. curfew in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota where Daunte wright was killed in a confrontation with police. “We’ve got to get justice in this country and we cannot allow these killings to continue.”
A reporter then asked Rep. Waters about what she would think if former Officer Derek Chauvin was found not guilty in his trial for the death of George Floyd.
“We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business,” she said.