‘She touched him’: Acosta row engulfs social media

Trump backers and opponents dissect video of flashpoint at White House press conference

It lasts barely a couple of seconds, but the video of a White House staff member trying to take a microphone from the CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a chaotic press conference has become the focus of the latest online battle between Donald Trump supporters and opponents.

After Acosta was stripped of his accreditation, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, accused him of touching a member of staff, saying: “We will … never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

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