Steve August 28, 2020

by Sam Manzella


Now this is some piping-hot tea.

Anderson Cooper cemented his status as a relatable icon when he took a much-needed coffee break during one journalist’s fact-check of a speech from President Tweety McTreason.

In a recent broadcast segment, the out politico and new daddy invited fellow CNN reporter Daniel Dale to verify the many assertions Trump made during an hourlong speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC). Surprise, surprise: According to Dale’s elaborate fact-check, Trump’s speech contained at least 20 false claims.

Aside from the quantity, one notable thing about Trump’s dishonesty last night: almost all of it was in his prepared text.

In general, the vast majority of his lying as president has been ad-libbed. In campaign season, they start putting the lies in the scripts.

— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 28, 2020

“Anderson, this president is a serial liar, and he serially lied tonight,” a confident Dale told the Anderson Cooper 360° host. “I counted preliminarily more than 20 false or misleading claims, and I want to go through a whole bunch of them quickly because it’s all important.”

In just three minutes, Dale impressively recites a rapid-fire list of lies from Trump’s diatribe—including a “ludicrous” claim that the conservative POTUS “has done more for the African-American community than any president since Lincoln.” Of course, Trump’s record of bigotry will come as no surprise to queer Americans, who have watched him systematically erode gains for LGBTQ equality since 2016.

Anderson, do you have another cup? We need some caffeine for this headache.

Watch Dale’s epic fact-check—and Cooper’s iconic reaction—below.

Hell of a thing to watch CNN’s @ddale8 fact-check the cascade of lies from Trump’s speech.

— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 28, 2020

Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Probably drinking iced coffee or getting tattooed.


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