Wednesday evening, CNN Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta appeared at an Arlington, Virginia Barnes & Noble, to sign his new book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.
Apparently, the residents of Arlington, Virginia were none too impressed, as it appears no one showed up to meet him.
In fact, according to pictures posted to social media by Acosta himself, book lovers actually at the Barnes & Noble at the time seemed uninterested in picking up a signed copy of his anti-Trump tome, which reportedly details the “perils” of being a White House reporter.
Acosta has made a name for himself by grandstanding during White House press conferences and getting confrontational with the President and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Now, he has parlayed that reputation into a sales gimmick, in an attempt to sell some books.
So far, no one appears to be taking the bait.
Here’s how Acosta’s publisher describes the book on Amazon. It’s lengthy, so we only included some of the highlights here. It characterizes Acosta more like a war veteran than a reporter.
From CNN’s veteran Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, an explosive, first-hand account of the dangers he faces reporting on the current White House while fighting on the front lines in President Trump’s war on truth.
In Mr. Trump’s campaign against what he calls “Fake News,” CNN Chief White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, is public enemy number one. From the moment Mr. Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, he has attacked the media, calling journalists “the enemy of the people.”
Acosta presents a revealing examination of bureaucratic dysfunction, deception, and the unprecedented threat the rhetoric Mr. Trump is directing has on our democracy. When the leader of the free world incites hate and violence, Acosta doesn’t back down, and he urges his fellow citizens to do the same.
At CNN, Acosta offers a never-before-reported account of what it’s like to be the President’s least favorite correspondent. Acosta goes head-to-head with the White House, even after Trump supporters have threatened his life with words as well as physical violence.
And so, when Acosta showed up for a book signing and no one came, it was likely a shock to the reporter, who assumed a D.C.-area book signing would turn out hundreds of admirers.
Here is the tweet.
Surprise signing at Arlington, Virginia Barnes & Noble! pic.twitter.com/8UCrbfwsQ4
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 13, 2019
Noticeably absent from the photos is anyone actually getting a signed book from Acosta. In fact, in one photo, a shopper is seen browsing the bookshelves, seemingly disinterested in the media “celebrity” signing books just a few feet away.
In his defense, Acosta claimed it was a “surprise” signing. We don’t know if that means it wasn’t previously announced, or if that was an excuse for the lack of interest. It certainly doesn’t explain why no one at the book store at the time could be caught in a picture actually getting a book.
A Facebook post by the bookstore also includes photos of the Jim Acosta book signing, with no one else around.
CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta stopped by today to sign copies of his new book, The Enemy of the People….
Either way, the ridicule from Twitter was immediate.
Wow! The crowds!! Did you need security?
— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) June 13, 2019
Congrats on a bigger audience than Hillary's Costco book signing!
— From the Land of Sky Blue Waters 🇺🇸 (@HammsLager) June 13, 2019
We care probably about as much as this guy. pic.twitter.com/OkR5dGOnpd
— CJ Duckworth (@cjduckworth_usa) June 13, 2019
There have literally been more humans to set foot on the moon than showed up for your book signing.
— Jason Smith (@TJSmithEsquire) June 13, 2019
"Surprise signing at Arlington, Virginia Barnes & Noble!"
— was the "surprise" that they let you in, or that more than one person (probably a relative) MAY have shown up?
D E L U S I O N A L P E R S O N !! 👽📡🌎 https://t.co/xUXd1D4XGC
— SilkPony (@PonySilk) June 13, 2019
Acosta has not publicly addressed the lack of interest.
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