‘The View’ And Others Celebrate Acosta Ruling: ‘The First Amendment Is Alive And Well’

Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

The hosts of ABC’s “The View” cheered the return of CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, whose hard pass allowing access to White House press briefings was returned Friday via court order.

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“The First Amendment is alive and well now,” co-host Abby Huntsman said of the judge’s decision. “That’s the decision that they should have made and it’s still pending. They have to make a final decision but I think that gives you a pretty clear sense of the direction they’re going in.”

“If you’re the White House, you may not like the guy, can’t stand him, but how are you surprised because what precedent would that set if they were to rule against this?” Huntsman continued. “How many passes could you take away from people? Where does that end?” (RELATED: Judge: White House Has To Reinstate Jim Acosta’s Press Pass)

Guest host Ana Navarro chalked the decision up to the Constitution working “the way it’s supposed to” and then took a direct swipe at President Donald Trump.

“But you know what, man, is president grumpy man baby going to be mad today,” she said.

Ana Navarro guest hosts "The View" on ABC, 11/16/18/Screen Shot

Ana Navarro guest hosts “The View” on ABC, 11/16/18/Screen Shot

The ladies on “The View” weren’t the only ones celebrating Friday’s decision as a win for the First Amendment.

According to the court’s actual ruling, the First Amendment was not the deciding factor in Acosta’s case. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders noted that the court’s decision made it clear that no reporter had “an absolute First Amendment right to access the White House” and had instead ruled in Acosta’s favor with regard to his Fifth Amendment right to due process.

The court’s ruling, which temporarily restored Acosta’s hard pass, appears to have left the door open for the White House to take it again if it so pleases, provided due process is properly observed.

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