SNL re-enacted the incident between Jim Acosta and a White House intern - and it's brutal

SNL re-enacted the incident between Jim Acosta and a White House intern - and it's brutal

Last week, the White House landed itself in hot water after it revoked the press credentials of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta following an incident with an intern during a conference.

Acosta had been at the White House press conference and, when he got the mic, he pressed the US president about his characterisation of the migrants on their way to the US. Witnesses say that the group is made up of men, women and children, whereas Trump has called them ‘terrorists’ and is toying with the decision to send 1,000 troops to the Mexican border with instructions to repel them – using force, if necessary.

Acosta was accused of “placing his hands” on a White House aide who had tried to take the microphone from him. Clips of the tense exchange were shared across the web and have been scrutinised, with accusations that certain versions, such as the one Sarah Huckabee Sanders shared on Twitter, had been edited to make it look like Acosta struck the aid. Trump denies this.

A veteran first amendment lawyer says CNN should sue the White House for its actions.

Saturday Night Live (SNL) has now provided much needed levity with regards to the incident (which has implications for press freedom and the first amendment).

Cecily Strong played the White House aide, who kept trying to take Colin Jost’s microphone away.

The hilarious clip concludes with a fake video of the incident featuring a woman jumping from the cliffs into the sea and another clip of a child being pushed head first into a snowman.

When Colin calls fake news on the operation, fake White House aide Cecily Strong says:

Yeah but that’s what it is now. Because my boss tweeted it. So it’s real. So I guess you should have given me your microphone.

The skit won the approval of the internet...

In a terrifying, 'this is our world now' kind of way.

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