Anderson Cooper Slams Donald Trump Jr. For ‘Lies’ About Hurricane Coverage

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Trump Jr. accused Cooper and CNN of "lying" to make the president "look bad".

The photos come from Cooper's coverage of Hurricane Ike in 2008, in which he notes that "the rescue personnel, the vehicles coming through this water are able to drive on part of the road here, but just off to the side of the road the water just gets incredibly deep".

"I don't expect the president's son to ever admit that he was wrong or one of the president's advisers or frankly anyone else who's retweeted any of these pictures".

He said Cooper was doing what CNN does best: "Crying & Lying".

Still, the timing of Trump Jr. posting that particular photo on the very same weekend of a major hurricane is highly curious, to say the least.

While some people tuned in to watch the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Anderson Cooper used his program to address criticisms of his Hurricane Florence coverage on Monday.

Don Jr. included the throwback hurricane photo without any context, seemingly implying that he believed Anderson was also "lying" about how bad the hurricane was to improve ratings. Referring to "Donny Junior", Cooper said, "I've covered hurricanes for about 14 years and it really does make me sad to think that I would fake something or overly dramatize a disaster".

"I know [Trump, Jr.] considers himself an outdoorsman and pays a lot of money to be led to wildlife in Africa that he then kills". The meme was making the Twitter rounds in an apparent attempt to suggest Cooper was kneeling in the water to make it look deeper. Additionally, he was trying to illustrate the risky nature of trying to travel along those streets, as people often attempt to drive around blockades or debris and quickly find themselves in water deeper than they had anticipated, he explained. "I never said it was Florence".

He explained that he was staying off of the road so that he wouldn't get in the way of evacuations and that the camera crews had to stand on the road so that the equipment wouldn't get wet.

Lynne Patton, a top official with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a longtime Trump family employee, shared the meme on her Instagram account over the weekend. She added the caption, "You know it's sad when even the WEATHER is #FakeNews".

You know the type: Fake photos of a shark gallivanting through Houston after a flood (or Puerto Rico, or maybe New York), the false quote stitched beside a picture of Honest Abe, etc.

It's not the first time that Cooper has taken time on his show to deliver a monologue aimed at the president or his surrogates. The tweet made it appear that Cooper staged a live shot by faking the depth of flood waters.

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