Anderson Cooper debunks Trump Jr.'s fake hurricane coverage claim

CNN’s Anderson Cooper Rips Into Trump Jr. For Spreading Fake News

"If I step back even a few more feet", Cooper continued, "I'd basically be up to my neck in water".

Don Jr.'s tweet was granted no less than ten minutes of Cooper's Monday night show time, during which the man responded to the accusation.

After questioning if Trump Jr. had ever been to a natural disaster, or if he keeps his outdoor adventures to the paying "a lot of money to be led to wildlife in Africa that he then kills" variety, Cooper deconstructed what he called his "lies".

Cooper pointed out that Trump Jr. wasn't the only one spreading around the photo on social media.

"Some guy said I was on my knees to make it look deep and then went on to say that I was used to being on my knees, which I assume is some sort of anti-gay reference", he said.

But Cooper explained in his clip that the photo was from Hurricane Ike 10 years ago in Texas, and was taken to warn people how quickly water could get deep and "how unsafe it [was] for anyone driving", per the Washington Post. But I'm not sure if he's actually been to a hurricane or a flood.

Trump, Jr. responded to Cooper's segment with a tweet claiming that he never said he was referring to Hurricane Florence, and that he was linking to an unrelated article.

Mediaite reports: "Cooper clarified that the photo was 10 years old".

However, Trump Jr. did share the picture during the storm and did caption it saying CNN was trying to make the president look bad, and Donald Trump was not president on 2008 when the picture was taken. "I didn't see him down in North Carolina the last few days helping out, lending a hand, but I'm sure he was busy doing something important besides just tweeting lies".

Donald Jr. on Sunday tweeted a photo of Cooper submerged to his waist as his camera crew stood nearby in water just past their calves. He also played the clip of the coverage, which showed him walking in the water.

In a Tuesday morning Twitter rant, Trump Jr. hit Cooper for falsely claiming that he said the viral image showed Cooper "in Florence faking the depths of flood waters in order to somehow harm his father". (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 18, 2018CNN doing what they do best. He explained why he was standing in the waters, namely to stay out of the road where rescue personnel were operating and provide viewers with additional context on Ike's power. "But I at least thought that they and you should know the truth", he concluded. "You know it's sad when even the WEATHER is #FakeNews", Patton wrote, right around the time that an infant had been reported drowned in the flooding.

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