Anderson Cooper has eviscerated Donald Trump on CNN as the president continues his attempts to subvert the democratic process.
Counting is ongoing in the presidential election, with Joe Biden maintaining a slim lead over Trump – and the president has spent much of the count claiming, without any evidence, that Democrats are trying to steal the election through fraudulent voting ballots.
Trumps’s conspiracy theories reached a peak on Thursday night (5 November), when he doubled down on his baseless allegations at a White House press conference. ABC, CBS and NBC all cut away from the president’s address, saying his accusations were unfounded.
CNN was one of the few networks that broadcast the address in full, prompting backlash from some – but Anderson Cooper’s takedown of Trump afterwards helped assuage people’s concerns.
Anderson Cooper branded Donald Trump ‘an obese turtle on his back, flailing in the hot sun’.
Speaking on CNN on Thursday night after Trump made his claims at the White House, Cooper said America had “never seen” anything like Trump’s tantrum.
“I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this from a president of the United States, and I think it’s sad and it is truly pathetic, and of course it is dangerous and of course it will go to the courts, but you’ll notice the president did not have any evidence presented at all. Nothing,” Cooper said.
“No real actual evidence of any kind of fraud, talked about people putting up papers in windows, he talked about things he had seen on the internet.
Anderson Cooper: "That is the president of the United States. That is the most powerful person in the world. We see him like an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun, realizing his time is over." pic.twitter.com/Az8Gp22wfJ
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) November 6, 2020
“This is the president of the United States. That is the most powerful person in the world, and we see him like an obese turtle on his back, flailing in the hot sun, realising his time is over.
“But he just hasn’t accepted it and he wants to take everybody down with him, including this country.”
The clip quickly went viral on Twitter, with people rejoicing in Cooper’s incredible putdown of Trump.
OBESE TURTLE ON HIS BACK FLAILING IN THE HOT SUN I CANT BREATHE HAHAHA https://t.co/1pGWYJB9K7
— lauren ✄ (@laurDIY) November 6, 2020
beautifully said ty anderson cooper pic.twitter.com/vyRuEQ9Th4
— prachi 🙂 (@xprachix) November 6, 2020
ANDERSON COOPER JUST CALLED THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES "AN OBESE TURTLE ON HIS BACK" GOOD NIGHT!!! 🐢
— Michael Buckley #BlackLivesMatter (@HeyBuckHey) November 6, 2020
— Austin Miller (@AMiller1397) November 6, 2020
I just fell in love with Anderson Cooper, when he gave the most perfect description of Trump. "We see him like an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun, realizing his time is over." #TrumpMeltdown pic.twitter.com/E1fDyZOpFr
— lostinsuburbia (@amandap_vdm) November 6, 2020
Anderson Cooper: "That is the president of the United States. That is the most powerful person in the world. We see him like an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun, realizing his time is over." #ObeseTurtle @andersoncooper pic.twitter.com/qWefc2qtaQ
— bb (@brettxboon) November 6, 2020
However, Cooper did face some criticism for the comments, with some accusing him of fat-shaming and of using ableist language.
Hey everyone sharing that Anderson Cooper quote pic.twitter.com/y6GC2iOG7a
— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) November 6, 2020
A reminder in light of the "obese turtle" comment from Anderson Cooper we see y'all spreading and laughing about.
Bet we'll remember this after the election is decided and y'all wanna act like it's all good. https://t.co/FtlyU3nwxx
— Tanya, Tired AF Deathbane ⚔️🎲🔥 (@cypheroftyr) November 6, 2020
Y'all cheering on Anderson Cooper for calling Trump an "obese turtle" like he's some sassy petty bitch, meanwhile your fat friends are watching you jump at the chance to make fun of someone for being fat.
— Chestnuts Roasting on an Open(source) Fire (@furioursus) November 6, 2020
Counting is ongoing in the race for the White House, with Joe Biden maintaining a narrow lead over Trump.
It is looking increasingly likely that Biden will win the presidency, however pundits are still reluctant to call it for the Democrat.