On Friday, a federal judge reinstated CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press pass. It had been revoked after Acosta tried to ask questions during a press conference held the day after the midterms that President Donald Trump didn’t want to answer.
Judge Timothy Kelly granted CNN’s request to temporarily reinstate Acosta’s “hard pass,” which gives him access to the White House. CNN filed a lawsuit against Trump and the White House claiming that the revocation of the pass violated First and Fifth Amendment rights.
Here’s what Trump-appointed Judge Kelly said about gov’t case: “Whatever process occurred within the government is still so shrouded in mystery that the government could not tell me at oral argument who made the initial decision to revoke Mr. Acosta’s press pass.”
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) November 16, 2018
“I will order defendants immediately restore Mr. Acosta’s hard pass.” Judge rules in favor of CNN in this initial proceeding and White House MUST restore @Acosta press pass IMMEDIATELY.
— Jessica Schneider (@SchneiderCNN) November 16, 2018
The GOP had an AWFUL week in federal court.
Judge Dabney Friedrich upheld a Mueller indictment, Judge Lance Walker denied a GOP rep’s suit to block ranked voting in Maine, and Judge Tim Kelly ordered Trump to restore @Acosta‘s press pass.
All 3 judges were appointed by Trump.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) November 16, 2018
“I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week, and I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today,” Acosta said outside U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.,” adding, “Let’s go back to work!”
Jim Acosta speaking after leaving court today.
“Let’s go back to work” after a Trump appointed federal judge orders the White House to immediately restore his press pass. pic.twitter.com/mlGGgb78Ga
— 💙Koko ✊🏻✊🏾✊🏿💙 (@Kokomothegreat) November 16, 2018
CNN claimed that they were “gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days.”
Statement from CNN and @Acosta on today’s ruling: “We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.”
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 16, 2018
Many people were thrilled with the outcome.
Jim Acosta walkin into the next press briefing like pic.twitter.com/TDhOz8GtAU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 16, 2018
Jim Acosta – 1
Donald Trump – 0
Win for America.
Loss for Dictators.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) November 16, 2018
Jim Acosta showing up at the White House. pic.twitter.com/ds4JrPS5fl
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) November 16, 2018
Even right-wing political commentator Ben Shapiro got in on it.
Acosta vs. Huckabee Sanders at the next presser will be like pic.twitter.com/aYBGUTLhdk
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 16, 2018
But a lot of conservatives were not happy.
What would federal judge do if Acosta “challenged” him in his courtroom and argued and wouldn’t shut up when judge told him to and refused to give up mic when bailiff tried to retrieve it? Asking for a friend. And for half of America.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 16, 2018
Fox host Lou Dobbs chalked CNN’s win up to “outrageously puerile reasoning.” He seems fun.
Outrageously puerile reasoning and ruling: Our district courts are filled with farcical excuses for judges: Judge orders White House to return press pass to CNN’s Jim Acosta https://t.co/qt2cze4t3P #FoxNews #MAGA #AmericaFirst #Dobbs
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) November 16, 2018
And, as always, Sean Hannity’s Twitter mentions were full of angry conservatives.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 16, 2018
The guy was asked to sit down multiple times and he was being disrespectful and disruptive (we all know on purpose to cause a scene). He doesn’t get infinite questions. What I’d do if I was Trump / Sarah is put him in the back and never answer any questions from him period.
— Randal McLovin (@RandalMcLovin) November 16, 2018
I think ruling sets dangerous precedent, and WH should immediately appeal. That said, make an example of WhinyBabyAcosta, stop briefings, and show who spoiled it all for everyone else.
— Su Curley (@curleysu) November 16, 2018
No assault just typical Jim Acosta grandstanding and rudeness. Give him back his pass and then ignore him and do not call on him for a question. A judge can’t tell you who to let ask a question can they?
— Jeff Schuman (@jeffschuman) November 16, 2018
If I were Trump, I would just NEVER call on Acosta. Completely ignore him.
— Cindy Blaylock (@CindyBlaylock2) November 16, 2018
This ruling needs to be taken to the Supreme Court. The President doesn’t even have to hold press briefings, so why should he be required to restore an obnoxious reporter’s press pass?
— Joan Oakley Leibert (@joytoyou1) November 16, 2018
If the judge is ruling the White House can’t deny anyone access, then I want a pass to ask questions too. I’ll even ask fair and intelligent ones. Where do I get my pass ??
— BH (@BryanHester) November 16, 2018
Acosta is rude and insulting to the President and his colleagues. I wish someone in the press pool would come forward and address his behavior instead of condoning it.
— Mary Curtis (@BHMary) November 16, 2018
Let’s stop abuses by the dishonest media. The freedom of the press to report is not infringed.
— BoSox Fan in VA (@KennethMoura) November 16, 2018
CNN’s lawsuit against the White House highlights Trump’s increasingly hostile relationship with the media, which he often refers to as “fake news” and “the enemy of the people.”