CNN’s Anderson Cooper came clean and said he regretted insulting President Trump on live television.
He said, “That is the president of the United States. That is the most powerful person in the world. And we see him like an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun, realizing his time is over.”
Now he is singing a different tune: “I’ve been spending the last couple of days feeling terrible about it. It’s not who I am and it’s not who I want to be. I regret it.”
From The Daily Mail:
On Saturday Cooper walked back on the controversial comments during an interview with former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang after Joe Biden was declared the next president.
Cooper asked Yang about Trump’s refusal to concede and Yang said: ‘I’m happy to say, it seems like Trump is going to be, in your words, an obese turtle on his back, just flailing around, Anderson.’
Cooper then cleared the air saying: ‘By the way, I should say, I regret using those words because that’s not the person I really wanna be. It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret it.’
He continued on CNN Saturday saying: ‘The grim era of demonization – I think that’s something all of us should think about.’
‘We’ve so gotten used to feeling it’s okay to say things to other people in ways, and I want to take responsibility. A couple days ago I said a cruel thing and used words I shouldn’t have toward the president…. I’ve been spending the last couple of days feeling terrible about it. It’s not who I am and it’s not who I want to be,’ he said.
‘Other people can be that person on Comedy Central or whatever but that’s not my job and it’s not the citizen I want to be,’ he added.
The election was called for Biden at 11.25am Saturday morning by television networks and the Associated Press as he passed a 30,000 lead in Pennsylvania, an agonizing four days after the polls closed.
CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the AP and USA Today all made the call and Fox News followed suit 10 minutes later after Biden picked up more votes in Philadelphia, where officials had been working through mail-in ballots for days.
Anderson Cooper called Trump an “obese turtle” a few days ago. He is now taking responsibility for saying some cruel things. “It’s not who I am. It’s not who I want to be,” he said.@andersoncooper ❤️ pic.twitter.com/IkEgElBEVD— The Daily Angle (@thedailyangle) November 8, 2020