CNN's Jim Acosta Complains About 'Wildly Offensive' Slam on Lazy 'Dreamers'

February 7th, 2018 11:38 AM

Soopermexican at The Right Scoop arrived first at the latest example of Jim Acosta banging a can against Team Trump on Tuesday night for describing some "Dreamers" as too lazy to apply for DACA status to prevent them from deportation. Chief of staff John Kelly told The Washington Post some were "too lazy to get off their asses." This sounds designed to get Acosta's goat, and he unloaded on Anderson Cooper 360: 



JIM ACOSTA, This appears to be one of a long line of offensive comments coming out of the White House aimed at immigrants in the context of this immigration debate. Keep in mind the president has said in the past, we love the Dreamers. Well, if you listen to his chief of staff, it doesn't sound like at least the chief of staff loves the Dreamers. He was essentially describing them as slackers earlier today. Here's how it played out in the briefing room when I pressed the White House press secretary on General Kelly's comments. 


ACOSTA: Just on the face of it, isn't that just a wildly offensive comment about these undocumented immigrants who are waiting for some kind of solution to come out of this city? 

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: Look, the only person that's actually offered a solution is this administration. The president's been a championed of giving 1.8 million DACA recipients and DACA eligible people a pathway to citizenship, and he's laid a plan and a solution that actually addresses both Republicans and Democrats' concerns. I think it's hard to argue with that statement.

ACOSTA: On the surface of that, isn't it just an offensive comment, though, isn't it, just on its surface? 

SANDERS: I think that's something you would have to decide for yourself. 

Then came the Acosta Lecture, which really should have had some pompous-sounding music underneath it: 

ACOSTA: So, Anderson, as you can see, she didn't answer the question. But we should point out, Dreamers who are brought to this country through no fault of their own have spent most of their life not being lazy and sitting on their asses, they've been working their butts off. They've been working their asses off, to be blunt, keeping their noses clean, keeping their records clean, working hard in school. Some of them are in the military. They've been the opposite of lazy. A lot of immigration advocates would argue that. 

"A lot of immigration advocates" Jim Acosta, and CNN in general. Notice they use "Dreamers" like it's an objective word, and "Dreamers" as a category seem to be the hardest-working people with the cleanest noses and the busiest butts in America. They take an inaccurate overgeneralization that's negative, and respond to it with an inaccurate overgeneralization that's positive. 

Neither Acosta nor Cooper engaged in the idea that if "Dreamers" were terribly afraid of deportation, why didn't they sign up for DACA? Instead, Cooper in the next segment called Kelly's comment a "typical stereotype" and a "slur."