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That’s one way to spend your evening.
President Donald Trump, and his son Donald Trump Jr., spent Thursday evening doing meme tweets at CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta, who was at the U.S.-Mexico border reporting on the immigration fight that currently has the U.S. government shutdown.
Acosta said that the town in McAllen, Texas, from which he was reporting, was a very “safe community” and that he doesn’t see migrants committing crimes.
I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today. pic.twitter.com/KRoLdszLUu— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
The steel slats don’t run the entire length of the border in the McAllen area. We found one part where there is a chain link fence. Occasionally migrants come thru but residents say their community is quite safe. pic.twitter.com/ivpPl0XT48— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
Whether Acosta thought about the optics of the video he tweeted is unclear, but he was doing his reporting about how safe the border was from behind what looks a lot like a wall, a fact the president’s son found hilarious.
Acosta, who has never not tweeted a response to being made fun of, fired back at Trump Jr. “You guys seem to be saying the current measures in place are working,” he wrote. “Does that mean your dad should reopen the government and get federal employees back to work?”
It’s a little strange Don. You guys seem to be saying the current measures in place are working. Does that mean your dad should reopen the government and get federal employees back to work? #byebye https://t.co/UY0NMye8BO— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
I know this might be hard for you to comprehend Jimbo, but the reason why all of Twitter has been mocking you today is because you were at a part of the border WITH A WALL. So yes, of course it was working. Replicate that across the border & we’ll all be safer. #RealNews #ByeBye https://t.co/BtdJ3GcxSV— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 10, 2019
The feud, of course, caught the eye of our meme president, who retweeted Acosta’s border wall video with a popular joke on the right about how Acosta’s Twitter feed reads like entries into a personal journal.
Dear Diary... https://t.co/NAuMaQW6fl— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2019
That caught the eye of Trump Jr., who loves nothing more than posting online about how awesome his father is.
Trump Jr. also retweeted a video that joked about Acosta getting run over by a golf cart.
Spotted: Jim Acosta playing golf earlier today. pic.twitter.com/fi0nubIS2I— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) January 11, 2019
Meanwhile, the government is still shut down.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]