Without getting into the politics of this issue, the unfortunate and unkind behavior from Mr. Acosta was shameful and unsettling to watch, considering his demeanor and body language.
If you watch closely, the White House intern reaches twice with her right hand for the mic, to no avail. Then she reaches with her left hand and grabs the mic, when Mr. Acosta hits her with his left hand on her inner left elbow, pushing her away.
If I would have been the White House intern, I would have held on and pulled the mic away from Mr. Acosta and risked losing my job by saying to him, “What the [expletive] are you doing? Don’t you have any integrity or self respect? Don’t you realize that you are standing before the President of the United States of America?”
For how long are we going to allow Mr. Acosta’s behavior to continue and escalate? All of us, including myself, have to make a concerted effort to be more cordial and respectful no matter who it is that we are addressing.