Jim Acosta is at it again! He believes that prosecutors should arrest former President Donald Trump for allegedly initiating an “administrative coup, if not a bloody coup” and “acting like an Adolf Hitler.” The CNN reporter said this on Wednesday night’s episode of “Cuomo Prime Time.”
“I think, arguably, Donald Trump committed crimes on the way to January 6th,” Acosta declared to host Chris Cuomo. “Is anything going to be done about it? Why have we not had this conversation in this country?”
Acosta didn’t stop there, he also said: “I think it’s a critical question, Chris, whether or not the former president of the United States belongs in the slammer for what he did between the election and January 6th.”
Jim Acosta is a former White House correspondent, he offered this analysis after Cuomo read an excerpt from the new book I Alone Can Fix It by The Washington Post’s Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker.
The portion of the book that was read did not allege that the former president had engaged in any criminal behavior. The revelations in the book are entirely just reported fears and suspicions of some who are inside the Beltway.
If fact, Cuomo later said in the report, “Nothing ever happened to confirm these suspicions. And that’s I think one of the suggestions that this book is going to have to deal with.”
But Acosta doubled down, “Donald Trump was behaving like an Adolf Hitler, who was potentially looking to overthrow the government.”
“The question becomes Chris, what do we do about this information?” Acosta asked.
Michael Smerconish was a fellow panelist with Acosta, he tried to dilute the rhetoric being spouted by Acosta. He said there is “much we still don’t know about the events of January 6.”
Acosta maintained his intensity as a foe of the former president and said the book “aligns with a lot of what we were reporting around the time of the election and then the” D.C. riot.
“I talked to a source close to Trump, around the time of the [D.C. riot], who said that Trump had lost his mind, that he had lost it, and he was essentially trying everything by hook, or by crook, to overturn the election results at that time,” Acosta said. “I will tell you, I’ve talked to two former senior White House officials, who have told me that Trump is quote, ‘insane.’ They have both used that word, ‘insane.’”
This language was being used by a number of people who were trying to force Trump from office due to concerns about his mental health. In fact the American Psychiatric Association issued a statement in 2018 saying that it’s “unethical” to diagnose someone as mentally ill without examining him or her personally. “We at the APA call for an end to psychiatrists providing professional opinions in the media about public figures whom they have not examined, whether it be on cable news appearances, books, or in social media. Armchair psychiatry or the use of psychiatry as a political tool is the misuse of psychiatry and is unacceptable and unethical,” it said.
Cuomo eventually got on the bandwagon with Acosta by discussing the former president’s indifference to constitutional norms by quoting an alleged conversation Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had with General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Apparently Pelosi told the general that she was deeply concerned that a “crazy,” “dangerous” and “maniac” Trump might use nuclear weapons during his final days.
“Ma’am, I guarantee you these processes are very good,” Milley reassured her. “There’s not going to be an accidental firing of nuclear weapons.”
Cuomo brought in CNN correspondent Phil Mudd to the conversation, “Isn’t the real question, ‘Did they have any reason to feel this way?’” Mudd responded that if these thoughts occurred to “someone like General Milley,” they “can’t simply be paranoia.”
Leonnig and Rucker, the books authors, have fielded questions about the truthfulness of their previous book, “A Very Stable Genius.” It relied very heavily on anonymous sources. Rucker spoke last January with Don Lemon of CNN saying that former President Trump’s criticism of the media “fits a pattern” of “authoritarian impulses.”
“We’re not at war with the administration,” Leonnig added.
But during the summer, Rucker wrote that Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore was part of “President Trump’s unyielding push to preserve Confederate symbols and the legacy of white domination,” since “amplifying racism and stoking culture wars have been mainstays of Trump’s public identity for decades.”