When CNN’s Anderson Cooper embarrassed himself and his network in a bullying exchange with a Donald Trump supporter last week, he wasn’t just obnoxious.
He was lying.
Cooper claimed that Trump had told the now-infamous first questioner at a Rochester, New Hampshire, town hall meeting Thursday that, “We’re going to be looking at the Muslims in America” — implying that a Trump presidency would somehow produce a police state aimed at every Muslim in the country.
In the exchange Thursday, Cooper invited former Trump Productions president Andy Dean as a guest on his show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” and the host immediately went on the offensive.
“He said, ‘we’re going to be looking at that, we’re going to be looking at the Muslims in America,'” Cooper told Dean.
“That’s not accurate at all,” Dean replied. “He said we’re going to be looking at the potential training camps.”
At that point, Cooper got really condescending and engaged in a little “my passport is longer than yours” contest.
“Andy, I’ve been overseas more than you have in your whole little life,” Cooper said.
Cooper eventually apologized for his behavior — but he should have also apologized for his lie.
Dean was dead-on. What Trump was referring to when he said, “We’re going to be looking at that,” was terrorist training camps in the United States — not every Muslim.
Here’s how the exchange went, as the Post reported:
Questioner: We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one.
Questioner: You know he’s not even an American.
Trump: We need this question. This is the first question!
Questioner: But anyway, we have training camps brewing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of ’em?
Trump: We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. A lot of people are saying that, and you know, a lot of people are saying bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things.
It’s clear from the man’s question that he was referring to training camps — the possibility that terrorists training camps are operating on American soil. He did not say the government under his administration would be “looking at Muslims in America.”
If liberals like Cooper want to go after Trump for not objecting when the questioner claimed President Barack Obama is a foreign-born Muslim, that’s fine.
But that doesn’t grant them a license to lie.
As the Post’s David Weigel put it:
“[T]he controversy demonstrates, for the umpteenth time, why conservatives trust people like Trump more than they trust the press.”
That it does.
H/T: Breitbart News
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