Anderson Cooper Hits Donald Trump Jr. for Spreading an 'Idiotic' Conspiracy Theory

CNN’s Anderson Cooper Rips Into Trump Jr. For Spreading Fake News

Political observers might've noticed recently that the president's son not only mocked Brett Kavanaugh's sexual assault accuser, he also posted this picture of Cooper - suggesting he was kneeling in the floodwaters of Hurricane Florence to make his dad "look bad".

Anderson Cooper spent ten minutes of his Monday night show on CNN addressing a tweet that Donald Trump Jr. wrote about him over the weekend.

As Cooper recalled the devastation Ike caused in Texas, he called it "frankly idiotic" to presume that he was kneeling in water to make it look deeper than it really was. According to Trump's son, this was done to exaggerate the intensity of the floods as the cameraman can be seen standing in water that isn't so deep while filming Cooper. "I rarely respond to online conspiracy theorists", Cooper noted on Anderson Cooper 360°. "And I quote from his tweet 'stop lying to try to make @realDonaldTrump look bad'". The problem is that Donald Trump Jr. was actually lying, or, at the very least, posting something without verifying its validity.

But Cooper explained in his clip that the photo was from Hurricane Ike 10 years ago in Texas, and was taken to warn people how quickly water could get deep and "how risky it [was] for anyone driving", per the Washington Post.

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"I've covered hurricanes for about 14 years and it really does make me sad to think that anyone would think that I would try to fake something or overly dramatize a disaster", Cooper said during the almost 10-minute segment on his CNN program, "AC360".

Anderson explained the variation in the water level between him and the cameraman was because he was standing in a roadside ditch as part of a special report. Cooper was trying to stay out of the way of rescue vehicles in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane, while pointing out several times how the water was much shallower on the road right by his side.

Cooper proceeded by attacking Trump Jr. for hunting animals and for not being on the ground actively helping in the recovery of Hurricane Florence.

Unsurprisingly, people on social media slammed Trump Jr. for spreading lies about the veteran journalist.


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