Cooper expressed his regret for blasting Trump with his controversial remarks after the sitting POTUS baselessly rallied against the election process.
Last week CNN anchor Anderson Cooper took a rather nasty dig at Donald Trump after his dishonest claims that he would win the elections "if you count the legal votes" during a press conference. As President-elect, Joe Biden seemed to near the finish line, Trump baselessly spread conspiracy theories about the Democrats counting illegal votes. This unpresidential behaviour triggered Cooper who compared Trump to an "obese turtle." However, over the weekend he admitted being disappointed in himself for the controversial remarks and explained that the comments were made "in the moment" reports Huffington Post.
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
The admission came on Saturday as former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang was being interviewed by Copper. "I’m happy to say, it seems like Trump is going to be, in your words, an obese turtle on his back, just flailing around, Anderson," said Yang invoking the 53-year-old news anchor's description of the President. After Yang concluded his thoughts, Cooper was quick to address the remark and say, "By the way, I should say I regret using those words, because that’s not the person I really want to be. It was in the moment, and I regret it."
CNN’s @andersoncooper visibly uncomfortable when Andrew Yang applauds him for earlier calling #Trump “an obese turtle flailing around on his back.”— Esha Ray (@ByEshaRay) November 7, 2020
“By the way, I should say I regret using those words because that’s not the person I really want to be,” he says as Yang laughs. pic.twitter.com/S934jifBz3
Copper's comments came after Trump smeared the election workers across the country and condemned them, without any evidence, for being dishonest while counting the votes. He also rallied against the legitimacy of the election process and claimed victory despite being aware that several mail-in ballots were yet to be counted. During his rather dishonest speech, Trump suggested that votes counted after November 3 were illegal which surely wasn't the case. Still, he continued the voting system has been damaged by election interference from "big media, big money and Big Tech."
Although it's not nice to name call and I'm sure you were taught much better. This is subject to a "Pass" as that terrible person has called so many individuals much worse than an obese turtle.— wanda medlock (@wmjphns) November 9, 2020
On Thursday Cooper reacted to Trump's controversial (and nonexistent) claims with a rather strong statement which concluded with the lines, "That 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, realizing his time is over. But he just hasn't accepted it and he wants to take everyone down with him, including this country." He also noted, "I don't think we've ever seen anything like this from the President of the United States and I think, as Jake [Tapper] said, it's sad and it is truly pathetic and, of course, it’ll go through the courts, but you'll notice the president did not have any evidence presented at all, nothing, no real actual evidence of any kind of fraud."
He should be fired. That’s a news reporter saying someone is an obese turtle. In so many lines of work a comment like that would get them immediately fired. But since he’s a far left reporter for a far left network it’s normal. Bravo sir, Bravo!— . (@sarantheman7852) November 6, 2020
The "obese-turtle" comment immediately went viral as people slammed Cooper for ableism and fat-shaming Trump. Twitter user Wendy Jackman wrote: @andersoncooper Please do not continue with this need to fat shame the President. He can be shamed for all kinds of other decisions, but saying that his weight is in some way evil is wrong. However, there were many who readily excused the anchor and focused on Trump's latest tantrums. He is showing his true colors, ungracious in defeat, unpresidential, it’s never been about America or it’s people or about the office of the president and what that stands for. It's only ever been about him and his craving for power, shared Paul Cutting.
Anderson😳! I am so here for this😃! He’s gotten away with everything his entire worthless, corrupt life. It looks like he’s finally starting to get his due! More of THIS, I say! (Yes! I am feeling petty! But, honestly, 230k+ ppl are dead, so a little pettiness - 🤷🏼♀️!)— Charlotte Leigh (@OHarrysChar) November 6, 2020
As of writing this article, Trump is yet to concede to Biden and he disgracefully continues to accuse Biden and the Democratic Party of stealing the election from him, reports The Guardian. In a statement from his campaign, Trump asserted that Biden is "rushing to falsely pose as the winner" and that the race is "far from over." It seems like he in denial of the fact that Biden has won the most influential election by securing 273 electoral votes after crossing the required 273 mark. Meanwhile, Kamala Harris makes history as she becomes the first woman and Black person to be Vice President-elect of the United States.