CNN’s Anderson Cooper has now apologized for taking the low road during an interview with a supporter of Donald Trump, admitting that his choice of words was “unprofessional.” But despite the apology, Pat Hanlon, the New York Giants vice president of communications, voiced full support for the CNN host.
Hanlon jumped to his Twitter account to give aid to Cooper a few days after the CNN host made his outrageous comments — and also days after he apologized for them. But, in Hanlon’s eyes, Cooper could do no wrong. In his tweet, Hanlon insisted that Cooper “is a responsible journalist/commentator. Given climate of the day, that’s the highest praise.”
.@andersoncooper is a responsible journalist/commentator. Given climate of the day, that's the highest praise.
— pat hanlon (@giantspathanlon) May 23, 2017
The incident was spurred by Cooper’s conduct on his “Anderson Cooper 360” broadcast on Friday, May 19.
During a discussion with Trump supporter and CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord, Cooper went lowbrow by taunting Lord and characterizing him as a brainless automaton who would support Trump no matter what the President did.
“If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it,” Cooper exclaimed during the discussion on his show.
“I don’t know what he would do that you would not defend,” Cooper added sharply.
For his part, Lord laughed the comments off.
Cooper soon seemed to realize he stepped over the line, and tried to lighten it up by saying, “you’re a loyal guy, I think that speaks well of you.”
“I regret the crude sentence i spoke earlier tonight and followed it up by apologizing on air,” Cooper later wrote in a May 19 tweet. “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
But, perhaps being unprofessional is becoming a habit for Cooper. After all, this is the same Anderson Cooper who rolled his eyes when talking to Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway, an act Conway later called “sexist.”
There were many different reactions to the incident, of course.
When Obama took a dump on his desk, the elite media didn't have a problem with it. https://t.co/9tGOOIkOqO
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) May 20, 2017
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 20, 2017
Naturally, liberals loved Cooper’s crude comments.
Anderson Cooper- Thoughts on Donald Trump taking a dump on his desk?
Jeffrey Lord- It was a strategic move and a glorious dump.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 20, 2017
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 20, 2017
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