CNN's Anderson Cooper sparks fat-shaming debate after calling Trump an 'obese turtle' on live TV

Moya Lothian McLean
Friday 06 November 2020 09:00
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Donald Trump does not appear to be dealing well with the pressure he's under.

As the election result remains unknown, Trump is getting more concerned with the potential that he could lose.

The result is many tweets, falsely asserting voter fraud is happening, and the filing of legal challenges which keep getting thrown out by judges.

Even US news anchors have begun to outrightly condemn his actions.

Which led to CNN’s Anderson Cooper describing Trump in strangely specific language today.

Speaking about Trump’s latest totally baseless claim that he’s somehow being cheated out of the election, Cooper said:

It is sad and it is truly pathetic. 

Of course it is dangerous and of course it will go to court.

You will notice the president didn’t have any evidence at all  [...] no real, actual evidence of any kind of fraud [...] he talked about things he’d seen on the internet. 

That is the president of the United States, that is the most powerful 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. 

Some people immediately praised Cooper for his choice of words, saying they were “beautifully said”.

But others weren’t so sure.

People thought it verged on ‘fat-shaming’.

It “wasn’t funny”.

Some said there were other ways to get the point across without fat-shaming Trump and insulting all fat individuals.

But others disagreed.

They said it was a neutral descriptor.

Others said it was an accurate representation of obese turtles.

But many fat people weren’t impressed.

Listen, there’s so much to criticise about Donald Trump, do we really need to resort to this?

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