CNN’s anchorman Anderson Cooper has a bad habit of making news. That’s not supposed to happen. It is his job to report on the news. But the recent political divides have many people behaving uncharacteristically. And when Cooper interviewed Trump loyalist Jeffrey Lord, he couldn’t hold back.
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Cooper was exasperated by Lord’s unwavering devotion to Trump. As such, he made a rather shocking statement. “If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it,” Cooper said.
The moment appeared to literally stun Lord, but only momentarily. Then laughter ensued.
“I mean, I don’t know what he would do that you would not defend,” Cooper said. “I mean, you’re a loyal guy, I think that speaks well of you.”
Yet there was no walking it back. Cooper had invoked the image of President Donald Trump defecating on the world’s most photographed desk in the world’s most notorious office.
Cooper’s statement about the lack of limits of Lord’s loyalty came during a conversation about a subject that is splitting off Trump’s most strident supporters. The firing of James Comey has everyone in Washington talking, even the President. Rumors circulated on Friday that Trump had, in conversations with the Russian delegation he met in the White House, called Comey a “nut job.”
After the fecal comment, Cooper extended an olive branch to Lord. He acknowledged that his remark was “a little crude.”
“I like having your voice on here and I think you’re an important voice to have, so I’m sorry I was a little crude. And you defend the president very well, and that’s your job,” he noted.
I regret the crude sentence i spoke earlier tonight and followed it up by apologizing on air. It was unprofessional. I am genuinely sorry.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 20, 2017
Later, Cooper took to Trump’s favorite channel and tweeted an official apology.
“I regret the crude sentence i spoke earlier tonight and followed it up by apologizing on air. It was unprofessional. I am genuinely sorry,” Cooper tweeted.
The offense, however innocuous, will simply be fuel for the fire of those who look for blatant evidence of media bias.