CNN’s Jim Acosta had a challenging day covering the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, after he was surrounded by belligerent attendees.

The network’s White House correspondent had just arrived when a crowd surrounded him.

Video taken by Bloomberg reporter William Turton shows people chanting “CNN sucks!” while one woman urged the crowd, “Get him! Get him!”

CNN’s Jim @Acosta surrounded by the crowd at #CPAC. “Get him. Get him,” one woman says. pic.twitter.com/wg06yYhjUO

— William Turton (@WilliamTurton) February 26, 2021

At one point, Acosta was interviewing someone when a reporter from The Federalist interrupted him demanding to know why CNN wasn’t covering the current scandals involving New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), according to Mediaite:

“Sorry, I’m conducting an interview,” Acosta responded to the reporter’s initial question.

“When are you going to start covering Cuomo?” The Federalist reporter proceeded, repeating his initial question.

“We do,” Acosta replied before the reporter fired back, “No, I’m asking you a serious question.”

“But, David, we do cover that. We have, too,” Acosta insisted.

The crowd surrounding CNN’s Jim Acosta begins to chant “CNN sucks!” #CPAC pic.twitter.com/2PliJ5e7mg

— William Turton (@WilliamTurton) February 26, 2021

Acosta responded to Turton’s video with a pointed joke.

I thought they were against cancel culture. https://t.co/0mSaiRMU1E

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 26, 2021

Other Twitter users had strong opinions about the situation as well.

Jim accosted? https://t.co/T387uIDG8s

— Krishna Sai Andavolu (@kandavolu) February 26, 2021

The Trumpist wing of the GOP—80% of the party faithful—is now an insurrectionist bloc that openly supports domestic terrorists and their leaders.For media to go to CPAC and act like it's 2010 is to refuse to acknowledge that CPAC is a dangerous nest of violent insurrectionists. https://t.co/uTkJj4ZGg1

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) February 26, 2021

This kind of thing is just utterly routine in contemporary conservative politics in a way that really demands more attention and self-reflection. https://t.co/F1kGid8KMG

— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 26, 2021

Ron Johnson believes they were clearly ANTIFA provocateurs… https://t.co/wPvpW20aS5

— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) February 26, 2021

Authoritarians hate a free press. #QPAC2021 https://t.co/zQHjeN5BNq

— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) February 26, 2021

Totally healthy and normal. https://t.co/dR9xIht0uL

— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 26, 2021

The people yelling "Get him" to @Acosta are the same people claiming that Antifa was behind the January 6th insurrection. https://t.co/XMXTn8TQq9

— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 26, 2021

What is gained by CNN giving privileged platforms and paid gigs to people who actually inspire and rile this mob? https://t.co/NR4OG4Fd6G

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