On Wednesday night, Sanders announced on Twitter that the administration would revoke Acosta’s press credentials after a contentious interaction with President Donald Trump at a press conference earlier in the day.
Trump called Acosta a ” rude, terrible person ” during the press conference and tried to cut off his questioning, all while a White House intern attempted to take the microphone from Acosta’s hands. Sanders’ video of the interaction looks to be sped up so that Acosta looks like he’s moving more aggressively than he actually was.
Here’s the video Sanders shared, followed by the video of the event as it was recorded:
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
– Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
Here is a video of the interaction for the world to see: pic.twitter.com/us8u5TWzDz
– CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 8, 2018
The video Sanders posted was shared hours earlier by Paul Joseph Watson, a personality from Infowars. For the unfamiliar, Infowars is the Alex Jones-helmed outlet banned from many social media sites for abusive behavior.
After the variations of the video went viral, some on Twitter are calling for Sanders to resign for disseminating doctored information.
The White House disseminated doctored footage, also disseminated by Infowars, to smear a reporter. This will sound quaint, and has been true for sometime, but Sarah Sanders needs to resign and should be unwelcome in public life. https://t.co/u6GPfkljiK
– Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) November 8, 2018
Sarah Huckabee Sanders should resign over this video.
– Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) November 8, 2018
This video clearly shows a White House aide physically assaulting Jim Acosta. You’re a sick twisted fuck, Sarah. You need to resign and seek professional psychiatric treatment.
– Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) November 8, 2018
Hey Sarah. Please resign. pic.twitter.com/GKOYOadyLA
– josh ruben (@joshruben) November 8, 2018
In days of yore, tweeting out a doctored video cribbed from Infowars would be resignation territory for a White House press secretary.
Now, it’s just Thursday.
– Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) November 8, 2018
Huckabee Sanders and the White House have not responded to HuffPost’s request for comment, but doubled down on her comments on Thursday afternoon, saying in a statement: “The question is: did the reporter make contact or not? The video is clear, he did. We stand by our statement.”
This has been updated to include a statement from Huckabee Sanders.