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CNN's Jim Acosta was heckled, called a 'traitor' by Trump supporters at Tampa rally

CNN's Jim Acosta traveled down to Tampa to cover President Trump's rally on Tuesday, and he was greeted by chants of "CNN sucks!" coming from a sea of middle fingers.

Acosta shared a brief snippet of his welcome on Twitter, featuring a man wearing a shirt that read "F—k the media," a chorus of boos, and lots of glares. One man yelled "stop lying!" and another called Acosta a "traitor." As she walked by, one woman grinned and shouted, "You suck!" and used both middle fingers to flip Acosta off, while another booed and gave him two thumbs down.

Acosta attached a message to the video, writing: "Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa. I'm very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in the conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy."

Trump's middle son, Eric, tweeted a different video of Acosta at the rally where he's getting yelled at and accused of spreading fake news; Eric Trump commented, "#truth." His father retweeted him, while Acosta admonished him. "No Eric," he replied. "Not the truth. And you know better." Catherine Garcia