Just two days after Anderson Cooper apologized for comparing President Trump to an “obese turtle,” the CNN host on Monday compared the president to the late Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.
Mr. Cooper made the comments during a panel discussion about the Trump administration’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election after Joseph R. Biden was projected the winner by multiple media outlets Saturday.
“In the mid-‘90s, I think it was like ‘96, I was in Kinshasa, in the waning days of Mobutu and Mobutu was, you know, a pretty awful dictator,” Mr. Cooper said. “And when he finally fled the country and the rebels were moving to take the capital, his son drove around in a pickup truck with a machine gun and settling scores with people he felt had not been supportive enough with Mobutu.
“Thankfully, it hasn’t come to that here, but I can’t believe we’re in a situation where a transfer of power is not — I can’t believe we are in this situation here,” he continued. “It just seems so petty. And I know it’s about Georgia and I know it’s about setting up grievance politics that will perhaps allow him to run in four years again and get a TV career, but you know, we’re in a pandemic and people’s lives — and even if you don’t think Joe Biden is going to become the president, I don’t understand why you wouldn’t allow the transition funds to be given to at least start that process so that if, in fact, the courts decide as it seems they would that there’s not enough evidence, this thing can continue, and more people won’t die because of it.”
Mr. Cooper was reacting to the news that Trump-appointed General Services Administration administrator Emily W. Murphy had not yet signed a key document to release funds to the Biden transition team, which would formally acknowledge a Biden win.
Mr. Cooper’s comments came several days after he said Mr. Trump was acting like “an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun, realizing his time is over” by not accepting defeat Thursday.
“I regret using those words because that’s not the person I really wanna be,” Mr. Cooper said on air Saturday. “It was in the moment, and I regret it.”