- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 8, 2018

“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin accused the White House aide who got caught up in the crossfire between President Trump and Jim Acosta on Wednesday of committing battery against the CNN reporter.

Mr. Acosta had his White House credentials suspended Wednesday after he blocked a female aide from taking the microphone from him during a testy back-and-forth exchange with the president during a lengthy press conference in the East Room.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Acosta’s actions toward the woman were unacceptable, justifying the revocation by sharing a video of the moment. Mr. Acosta has denied assaulting the woman and accused the administration of trying to shut down CNN.

Ms. Hostin, a former federal prosecutor, said on Thursday’s episode of “The View” that the woman’s actions constituted battery.

“What I saw was a battery, not by Jim Acosta, but by the young White House aide,” she said.

Ms. Hostin gave an example that if she was holding a coffee cup, and then someone struck the cup, that would constitute battery because the cup “is an extension of me.”

“So you’re blaming the woman in this situation?” co-host Abby Huntsman fired back.

“That’s just the law,” Ms. Hostin replied. “I’m not assigning blame. I’m telling you what the law is.”

Republican co-host Meghan McCain erupted at Ms. Hostin’s claim, sarcastically declaring that the woman should be arrested immediately.

“So we should arrest her for battery,” Ms. McCain scoffed.


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