CNN’s Acosta Slimes Limbaugh Medal of Freedom Award: ‘History’ of Attacks on African Americans
ACOSTA: "I talked to a Trump adviser a few minutes ago who speaks with the president regularly who said the president missed an opportunity here. He had a chance tonight with a deeply divided country watching to extend a bit of an olive branch. And when Nancy Pelosi reached out to shake his hand, he snubbed her. In the words of this adviser, that was a missed opportunity. So I think this really just sets the stage, as you all have been saying for the months to come. Yes, the president had some heartwarming moments during this speech, but he was also engaging in some deeply divisive rhetoric, aimed at immigrants and Latinos. He was trying to make appeal to the African-American community, it can’t be forgotten he was awarding the medal of freedom to Rush Limbaugh who has a history of making derogatory comments about African-Americans. So I think, you know, overall it’s a wash, and as David Axelrod was saying, the base pays more attention to what the president says at these rallies than what they do at the State of the Union speech."