Mike Huckabee, the father of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tweeted an attack on a CNN reporter who aggressively questioned his daughter Thursday about whether she considers the media to be “the enemy of the people.”
In tweets starting Thursday afternoon, Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas and former Republican presidential candidate, derided “little Jim Acosta,” a White House correspondent for CNN.
In one tweet, Huckabee referred to his daughter as “the WINDSHIELD” and Acosta as “the BUG.”
In another tweet, Huckabee wrote: “Jim Acosta suffers severe nose bleed from the elevation of his high horse. Taken to safe space and provided with Play Dough, a popsicle, pictures of a pony to color and a puppy.”
During a briefing at the White House on Thursday, Acosta repeatedly pressed Sanders to say that she does not agree with President Trump’s characterization of the media as “the enemy of the people,” a description Trump has used repeatedly.
Just hours before, Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a White House adviser, had said she doesn’t view the news media that way.
Sanders declined to say the same thing, prompting Acosta to walk out of the end of the briefing.
“I am totally saddened by what just happened,” he wrote on Twitter. “Sarah Sanders was repeatedly given a chance to say the press is not the enemy and she wouldn’t do it. Shameful.”
Trump later tweeted that his daughter was correct to say the media was not the enemy of the people. Rather, he said, it is “the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!”
At a rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday night, Trump derided “the fake, fake disgusting news.”
In one of his tweets Thursday, Huckabee mentioned Sarah Jeong, a technology writer recently hired by the New York Times for a post on its editorial board. Jeong, an Asian American woman, has been under scrutiny for tweets in which she says she is speaking sarcastically about white people.
In one of his attacks on Acosta, Huckabee wrote that he realizes he’s “as objective about @PressSec as @NYTimes new hateful, racist hire.”