The manipulated video was tweeted by Sanders in defense of the White House's decision to revoke Acosta's press pass. Colbert believes that Sanders should face the consequences and step down from her role as press secretary.
In response to a question about how long Acosta's press credentials will be suspended, Trump declared, "As far as I'm concerned, I haven't made that decision". Acosta then insisted the caravan of Central American immigrants "is not an invasion" and pressed Trump on his use of that word.
"It would be a good thing if you were to state right here, at this briefing, that the press-the people who are gathered in this room right now, doing their jobs every day, asking questions of officials like the ones you brought forward earlier-are not the enemy of the people", Mr. Acosta said in his newscaster's baritone.
"When you say 'doctored, ' you're a dishonest guy", Trump told the reporter on November 9. Reporters must treat the White House and the presidency with respect, according to Trump. "She's the White House press secretary".
Trump also told April Ryan of the Urban National Radio Network to "sit down" and wait her turn.
"I was just trying to ask a question of the president at this press conference, and it was obviously a question that he didn't like", Acosta told CNN colleague Anderson Cooper later Wednesday. She's very nasty, and she shouldn't be.
Later on, CNN reporter Abby Phillip asked about Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
"That's such a racist question", Trump responded.
Ryan tried to ask a question about voter suppression. "He did. We stand by our statement", Sanders said.
Trump didn't say what he means by "respect" - but by the end of the press availability, it was pretty clear that it was for reasons other than security.
Kimmel called for Sanders' dismissal on Thursday, but not before giving her one bit of backhanded praise: "I think this also might be the first time I've seen Sarah Sanders take the woman's side on any subject, ever-so, good for her". "You have to treat the presidency with respect", he said. "The White House announced tonight that it has revoked the press pass of CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta", said a company spokesman.
"At every good news organization of which I've been aware over 35 years in and around journalism, it has been a bedrock principle that subjects don't get to choose the reporters who cover them, which includes not getting to veto reporters they don't like", Tofel wrote.