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A Congressman Called For "Disruptive" CNN Reporter To Be Banned From Press Conferences

Randy Weber, a Republican from Texas, said the reporter "should be fired & prohibited from any press briefings."

Posted on January 12, 2017, at 12:14 p.m. ET

President-elect Donald Trump refused to answer a CNN reporter's question at a press conference on Wednesday, saying, "Don't be rude... you are fake news."

Trump shutting down CNN reporter trying to ask a question: "Don’t be rude... you are fake news"

"You are attacking us," the reporter, Jim Acosta, said. "Can you give us a question?"

"I am not going to give you a question, you are fake news," Trump replied, before moving onto another reporter.

Acosta later said that incoming press secretary Sean Spicer told him "if I were to do that again, I was going to be thrown out of this press conference."

CNN's @Acosta: Trump spokesman @seanspicer warned he'd be expelled from presser if he pushed for another question

Thursday morning, Texas congressman Randy Weber tweeted that Acosta "was disruptive to the press briefing" and "disrespectful to Trump," and that he "should be fired & prohibited from any press briefings."

The CNN reporter who was disruptive to the press briefing, & disrespectful to Trump-should be fired & prohibited from any press briefings.

Swarms of people are criticizing Weber for what many are calling "threats to free speech."

Here what threats to free speech actually look like:

Dear Congressman: "Congress shall make no law... prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of…

Y'all love to preach "freedom of speech" until someone disagrees with you. Pathetic and weak excuse of Americans

Some are pointing out that Weber is essentially calling for "firing reporters for doing their job."

firing reporters for doing their job: not a good look for an administration rife with fascism comparisons

Key word: reporter. That man was at a presser doing his job, which is hard when the person leading the day's events…

And so it begins. Anyone who questions should be fired. PS and FYI, Journalists are supposed to hold power to accou…

Nothing creepy and authoritarian about this. Firing and punishment for those "disrespectful to Trump."

And many are calling Weber "a threat to the very Constitution people elected him to defend."

This is a Congressperson who poses a threat to the very Constitution people elected him to defend.

A party that loves that constitution, clearly.

The GOP wraps itself in the constitution, but doesn't care much for the freedom of the press bit I guess

This is a Congressperson who swore to protect and uphold the Constitution. If he doesn’t support the 1st Amendment,…

Weber's office did not immediately return request for comment.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.