The news cycle has been fast and furious since Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey over a week ago, and frustration with those who continue to support Trump under any circumstance is becoming more and more evident, as illustrated by Anderson Cooper's recent remark. During an interview with conservative pundit and ardent Trump apologist, Jeffrey Lord, Anderson Cooper 360 host Cooper interjected with a statement that some of his viewers may have been thinking. Yet he's since apologized for the sentiment, according to The Washington Post.
Lord, who refused to cop to Cooper about whether or not he thought it was "smart" for Trump to have allegedly called Comey a "nut job" in a meeting with Russian officials, towed the line for Trump to the point where Cooper lost his cool and said that if Trump "took a dump on his desk" Lord would continue to defend his actions.
Twitter blew up both in favor of and against Cooper's remark, and the CNN host has since sincerely apologized for conjuring that particular image of Trump. On Twitter Cooper wrote that he regretted his "crude sentence" and he later apologized on air for being "unprofessional."
Lord, a CNN analyst, sparred with Cooper Friday over recent revelations about Trump that have led to the appointment of a special prosecutor, Robert Mueller (who served as FBI director for 12 years) to investigate the extent of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. Defending Trump's decision to tell Russian officials that he fired the FBI director whom he called a "nut job," Lord told Cooper, "He's the president of the United States. He can say what he wants."
After more back and forth during which Lord continued to stand by his man, an exasperated Cooper finally said, "If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it." The AC 360 host followed that up with a backhanded compliment.
"I don't know what he would do that you would not defend," Cooper said. "You're a loyal guy. I think that speaks well of you."
Shortly after the exchange, Cooper tweeted, "I regret the crude sentence I spoke earlier tonight and followed it up by apologizing on air. It was unprofessional. I am genuinely sorry."
The week prior, Cooper let out an eye roll at Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway during a discussion of the Comey firing. Of course, the eye roll went viral.