Mike Huckabee Calls Jim Acosta the 'Bug' and Sarah Sanders the 'Windshield' in Defense of His Daughter

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee defended his daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, on Friday and blasted CNN reporter Jim Acosta as a "bug" and his child "the windshield."

Huckabee admitted he was biased in a situation involving one of his children while referring to the controversy surrounding The New York Times's recent hiring of a writer who previously posted tweets about white people that were called racist, but still stuck up for Sanders.

"I know I'm as objective about @PressSec as @nytimes new hateful, racist hire Sarah Jeong is about white people, but I still think @PressSec is the WINDSHIELD and little Jim Acosta is the BUG," Huckabee tweeted.

Huckabee, who often criticizes the media's coverage of President Donald Trump and conservatives overall, appeared to claim Sanders would ultimately win in her ongoing battle with Acosta.

In previous tweets sent late Thursday, Huckabee said Acosta was whining and suffering from a "severe nose bleed from the elevation on his high horse."

"Breaking wind from CNN! Jim Acosta suffers severe nose bleed from the elevation of his high horse. Taken to safe space and provided with Play Dough, a popsicle, pictures of a pony to color and a puppy," Huckabee tweeted.

The press secretary received criticism for her briefings this week, including her confrontation with Acosta. Sanders claimed Wednesday that Trump believes in a free press, but then referenced a widely debunked claim that a media report was responsible for allowing Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to escape U.S. intelligence three years before the 9/11 attacks.

On Thursday, she appeared again, this time following further remarks by Trump that the media is the "enemy of the people," as well as his daughter, Ivanka Trump, explicitly stating she did not share that view. Sanders refused to answer Acosta's plea for her to state whether or not she viewed the media as an enemy.

"I appreciate your passion. I share it. I've addressed this question. I've addressed my personal feelings," she said. "I'm here to speak on behalf of the president. He's made his comments clear."

Sanders had challenged the media's alleged bias against the Trump administration and cited what she felt were personal attacks repeatedly launched in her direction.

Acosta said after Thursday's briefing that he left before it was over due to his dismay at Sanders's comments. He posed the question after posting video footage earlier this week showing Trump supporters cursing and mocking him and other reporters at one of the president's rallies.

"I walked out of the end of that briefing because I am totally saddened by what just happened. Sarah Sanders was repeatedly given a chance to say the press is not the enemy and she wouldn't do it. Shameful," he said.