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CNN host Anderson Cooper blasted President Donald Trump as he opened his Tuesday evening program, fat-shaming the commander-in-chief for his refusal to wear a mask even as the coronavirus pandemic is waning and for calling attention — again — to a conspiracy surrounding MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.
Cooper began his program noting that the number of deaths in the country from COVID-19 was expected to surpass 100,000 (they have, as of this writing) and showing photos of some Americans who have died.
“Yet even as we grappled with that and we show you the faces of those who died, we want to focus especially tonight on the notion of this moment as a turning point when things could go either way,” he said.
“Looking at the moving average of new cases nationwide over the last two weeks, you can see it’s barely changed. Holding steady at about 20,000. Yet while as that line stays flat, thankfully, states and localities across the country have been lifting outbreak-related restrictions,” Cooper continued.
“And this holiday weekend we saw, not every place, but in many places, the almost total collapse of social distancing,” he said, likely a reference to national reports featuring images of Americans enjoying themselves in good Memorial Day weekend weather in places like resort communities at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.
Cooper claimed the “collapse” is “troubling” to many experts, citing the World Health Organization as an example, despite the fact that the global agency helped China cover up the outbreak and once declared bacon to be as dangerous as asbestos.
The CNN host said those experts are predicting a “second peak” of coronavirus now that states are reopening while suggesting that the president’s support for that is misplaced.
He then took Trump to task for ‘mocking’ his likely 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, for wearing a mask in public over Memorial Day.
“What does presidential leadership look like at such a time so that when everyone hopes — what everyone hopes is a return to some kind of normality doesn’t unleash a new wave of disease? What kind of things should a president be doing and saying? What kind of behavior should he be modeling?” Cooper asked.
In reality, all the president suggested was that it seemed odd for Biden and his wife to be wearing a mask outdoors “in perfect weather” when neither of them has been seen wearing masks inside their homes.
The president actually said, “I wasn’t criticizing him at all. Why would I ever do a thing like that?”
That set Cooper off, and he eventually tied it into a tweet President Trump sent last week raising the specter, once again, that MSNBC’s Scarborough may have had something to do with the death of an intern in his Florida office when he was still a U.S. congressman in the early 2000s.
“And that’s what leadership looks like today. If you can call it that. Leadership today also apparently consists of spreading vile conspiracy theories on Twitter about staffer congressman Joe Scarborough and doing it over and over again. He begged the company to take down the president’s tweets because they’re not true about his wife,” Cooper said.
….about whether or not Joe could have done such a horrible thing? Maybe or maybe not, but I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most. So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
“What a little man. He’s just a little man. He’s the leader of the free world, and he is a little, little man. A self-proclaimed wartime leader — a leader in the midst, he says, of a transition to greatness for the country, spreading falsehoods about a dead woman, despite the pain and the pleas of her husband and family and doesn’t have the guts to say he doesn’t care about what they think,” Cooper added.
“No, no, he doesn’t have the guts to say, ‘You know what, I don’t care what they think because this serves my political purposes.’ That’s why he’s doing it. He doesn’t have the guts to say that because he is just a little man despite his girth and size.”
In a June 2003 interview with the late Don Imus, then a radio and morning show host for MSNBC, Scarborough joked about the strange death of intern Lori Klausutis, who worked for the then-Florida Republican congressman and died amid rumors Scarborough was involved with her sexually while he was married.
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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