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After Cooper had his say, #ObeseTurtle went viral on Twitter as users created memes and tweaked Trump photos.
Numerous news stations cut away from the remarks of President Donald Trump Thursday as he told multiple falsehoods about the 2020 presidential election being “stolen” from him.
Both Fox News and CNN broadcast the entire message, and when it ended, CNN mainstay Anderson Cooper expressed his dismay in a scorching on-air takedown.
“That is the president of the United States,” noted Cooper. “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, but he just hasn’t accepted it, and he wants to take everybody down with him, including this country.”
#ObeseTurtle instantly went viral on Twitter, as users quickly created memes and photos of the president with his head superimposed on the body of a turtle.
Anderson Cooper from the top rope pic.twitter.com/X4duZY6BF0
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) November 6, 2020
One tweeter affectionately referred to Cooper as “Cousin Anderson” and added a familiar image of Beyoncé cheering at the U.S. Open to accentuate her pleasure.
A video of the clip, posted by Andrew Kaczynski of CNN’s K-File, quickly went viral, racking up over 3.2 million views and over 100,000 likes.
In his assessment of Trump’s speech Thursday, Cooper continued relentlessly, “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this from a president of the United States, and I think as Jake [Tapper] said, it’s sad, and it is truly pathetic, and of course, it is dangerous, and of course, it will go to courts. But you’ll notice the president did not have any evidence presented at all. Nothing. No real, actual evidence of any kind of fraud.”
Trump took to the podium in the White House briefing room in front of reporters where he claimed that if only “legal” votes were counted, he would have “easily” won re-election.
He continued to allege, as he has for months, that there is a larger Democratic conspiracy to steal the election from him.
However, media outlets, governors, and secretaries of states continue to insist that the high-rate of mail-in ballots are the reason that former Vice President Joe Biden appears to be on the cusp of victory.
After months of the president’s discounting of the validity of mail-in voting, those historic ballots have skewed largely Democratic, resulting in the flipping of a number of states including Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia.
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