President Trump has made error after error this week, there’s no denying it. From calling former FBI Director James Comey a “nut job” to admitting to leaking classified intelligence to Russian officials, he’s made it perfectly clear that he is unqualified for his job. There are still people who are trying to defend him, though, much to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s frustration.
Cooper made it clear on Friday night that he was not going to put up with anyone trying to defend Trump’s poor judgment.
On Friday evening, Jeffrey Lord, a CNN commentator who is also a devout Trump supporter, defended the president’s right to call Comey any name he wanted. He said specifically:
‘I mean, he’s the president of the United States. If he wants to say that, if Barack Obama wants to say whatever, if George Bush says I looked in his eyes…’
At this point, unable to hold his tongue any longer, Cooper interrupted Lord and said:
‘If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.’
Cooper’s remark certainly caught Lord off guard, although the commentator’s laughter suggested that he was not terribly offended.
Cooper also followed up his comment by saying, while chuckling:
‘I don’t know what he would do that you would not defend. You’re a loyal guy, I think that speaks well of you.’
Later on during the segment, Cooper backtracked slightly and apologized for being “a little crude.” He added that he thinks Lord’s voice is “an important” one to have on the show.
‘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.’
Cooper also apologized for the remark on Twitter later on Friday evening.
‘I regret the crude sentence I spoke earlier tonight and followed it up by apologizing on air. It was unprofessional. I am genuinely sorry.’
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
Cooper may regret the comment, but plenty of people on Twitter have made it clear that they thoroughly enjoyed it.
Way to go. Cooper. I love you and hate that jackass. Keep it up. My hero. 😂
— L🐎L🐴Garrett (@paronlulu) May 20, 2017
Anderson Cooper just buried Jeffrey Lord..😂😂
— RespectMyGame (@battletested5) May 20, 2017
Somebody give AC a Peabody for Best "Oh no, he di-int" moment pic.twitter.com/SXRPuXtoOT
— May G (@MayG24601) May 20, 2017
Watch a clip from Friday night’s exchange between Cooper and Lord in the video below, available via Twitter.
Anderson Cooper with the 🔥: "If he took a dump on his desk you would defend it." pic.twitter.com/r1dqphRnSC
— Mashable News (@MashableNews) May 20, 2017
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.