Anderson Cooper Rips ‘Donny Trump Jr.’ Slamming CNN’s Use Of Thunberg. Trump Jr. Answers With One Photo.
On Thursday night, CNN host Anderson Cooper targeted Donald Trump Jr. after Trump Jr., among many others, had slammed CNN for having 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on a show revolving around the coronavirus COVID-19. Cooper, calling Trump Jr. “Donny Trump,” mocked him by stating, “I get Donny Trump, Jr. attacking CNN and a 17-year-old Swede. That’s like low-hanging fruit. It’s like paying thousands of dollars to shoot exotic animals on a game farm, you know?” Unsatisfied with that shot at Trump Jr., he continued, “I know Donny Jr. just wants his dad to love him or notice him in a way that’s not mocking him.”
Trump Jr. fired back with a single photo:
Trump Jr. had stated on Twitter, “Greta Thunberg having a remarkable career already in that as a teenager she’s now a world renowned infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist AND a leading scientific voice when it comes to global climate policy. Just wow so impressive.”
Greta Thunberg having a remarkable career already in that as a teenager she’s now a world renowned infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist AND a leading scientific voice when it comes to global climate policy.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 13, 2020
Just wow so impressive. https://t.co/398T4wXDry
Cooper’s rant went like this, as Newsbusters’ Curtis Houck reported:
So, we taped that interview earlier today as I mentioned and I just wanted to take a moment to point out a kind of surreal, absurd drama that played out over the last 24 hours online and amazingly in some reputable news sources. Yesterday, CNN ran an ad with pictures of some of our guests who would be on this two-hour program tonight who you’ve already seen. Take a look. This is the ad that we ran. It’s got pictures of Kathleen Seblius, former CDC Director Richard Besser, it’s got a picture of Sanjay — no picture of me.
Okay, but that’s okay. That’s fine. I don’t need another picture of me — and there’s a picture of Greta Thunberg. Now, later the ad was updated to include the commissioner of baseball when he confirmed that he indeed would be on this broadcast as well, so that’s the ad that then ran. Apparently, someone with a blue check on Twitter saw the initial ad and was outraged and claimed that we had booked Greta Thunberg to be an expert on a coronavirus panel with other health experts.
Cooper then turned to Trump Jr.:
Then of course, Donny Trump Jr. jumped into this, which is weird because I thought he was allegedly running whatever remains of the Trump Organization. I mean, shouldn’t that, be like, a really busy job since it’s, you know, allegedly such a great big company. Anyway, once DJTJ. started typing, then other people with blue checks on Twitter also started doing their thing because everyone has to produce content these days. That’s what it’s all about.
Shockingly, Cooper even targeted The New York Times:
It’s like a tween on Tik Tok. You’ve got to produce content, lest you miss on out on a cycle of phony outrage. Then someone who’s apparently a reporter at Forbes wrote an article about this alleged controversial booking and the concern about it. And the New York Post today wrote about it as well claiming we were having her on a panel which was what the first person on Twitter was claiming which was made up. It was made up then. It was made up today in the Post.
And in case you think this is some sort of cover up, look at our past ads for shows. They’re exactly the same. We had Alicia Keys a few weeks, a few weeks ago debuting a video for a song she released for frontline workers. Nobody thought she was on a panel with the FDA Commissioner Hahn, Governor Cuomo, and Jose Andres. None of them were on panels. They were all individual. Look, here’s a promo for last week’s town hall we had with journalist Laurie Garrett, former Vice President Al Gore, and Spike Lee. No panel. Just interviews and again, no picture of me. Just Sanjay. That’s okay.
But he couldn’t resist centering on Trump Jr.:
I digress. Look. I get Donny Trump, Jr. attacking CNN and a 17-year-old Swede. That’s like low-hanging fruit. It’s like paying thousands of dollars to shoot exotic animals on a game farm, you know? It’s easy. And I know Donny Jr. just wants his dad to love him or notice him in a way that’s not mocking him, but I just find it fascinating to watch the phony online outrage machine generate content on Twitter based on something that was never real to begin with. It was just kind of surreal to watch it all just kind of play out. In the words of our dear leader, sad. Sanjay, yeah. I got that off my chest.
Video (2/2): And here's the rest of Anderson Cooper's childish meltdown over criticism CNN received for having Greta Thunberg as a guest for its latest coronavirus town hall.— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 15, 2020
BTW in the previous segment, he smugly suggested Trump stop talking and "liberate the scientists." pic.twitter.com/DZhFwh0zCW