Anderson Cooper Body-Shames Trump During CNN Monologue


CNN host Anderson Cooper body-shamed President Donald Trump during his monologue Tuesday about the president’s tweets on the death of a former staffer for Joe Scarborough.

“He is just a little man, despite his girth and size,” Cooper said. “He’s a little man inside and he knows that.”

Cooper had been discussing Trump’s conspiracy tweets about the death of Lori Klausutis, a former staffer for Scarborough when he served as a Republican congressman from Florida, Politico reported.

The medical examiner had declared Klausutis’ 2001 death an accident after she fainted as a result of a heart condition and hit her head on her desk.

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The president brought her death back into the spotlight with a May 12 tweet that asked if Scarborough, who’s now an MSNBC host, got away with murder.

“When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so,” Trump tweeted.

“Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly? Isn’t it obvious? What’s happening now? A total nut job!”

Klausutis’ husband wrote a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asking him to take down the tweets. Klausutis said he was “angry as well as frustrated and grieved” by them.

Twitter kept the tweets up.

“He doesn’t have the guts to say, ‘You know what, I don’t care what [the family] think because this serves my political purposes,'” Cooper said before he made his comments about Trump’s girth.

Cooper’s remarks come a week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made similar ones on his CNN show “Anderson Cooper 360.”

The California Democrat was asked about Trump’s announcement that he has been taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against the coronavirus.

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“As far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say. So, I think it’s not a good idea,” Pelosi told Cooper.

The president’s 2019 physical, performed by White House physician Dr. Sean Conley, found Trump was 6-feet-three-inches tall and weighed 243 pounds, USA Today reported.

According to the body mass index calculator provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the president’s BMI is 30.4, which puts him in the “overweight to moderately obese” category.

The president would have to gain another 77 pounds, or have a BMI of 40, to be considered “morbidly obese,” as Pelosi asserted.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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