Acosta: Trump "Combining Race-Baiting With Pandemic Denialism" In "Ugly, Ugly Finish"

CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta slammed President Donald Trump for what he called an "ugly" campaign that combines "race-baiting with pandemic denialism at every turn." "I've come to the conclusion that we're going to be a lot better off counting the number of times the president tells the truth instead of tallying up all his lies. It would be a lot less exhausting," Acosta said to CNN host Don Lemon on Wednesday. "Case in point would be the rally he held in the Phoenix area earlier this evening that we were at. He was talking about how in California they have a mandate that people wear their masks while they eat their dinner. That they take off their mask in between taking bites of their food. That's obviously false. But it is part of the litany of lies that we've seen out on the campaign trail in what is becoming just an ugly, ugly finish for this president." "He's combining race-baiting with pandemic denialism at every turn," Acosta reported. "Speaking of turns, when the president says, we're rounding the turn, getting close to the end of the pandemic, nothing could be further from the truth." "I think one of the data points that the president could turn to would be something he likes to turn to which he turns to all the time which is Wall Street," the CNNer said. "The Dow Jones was down more than 900 points today. The president likes to talk about the stock market. Investors are starting to panic over the possibility that we might need lockdowns heading into this winter because of the way the president and his administration have mishandled the pandemic."