CNN faced widespread mockery and scepticism on Wednesday after the network claimed an unidentified gym locker room thief sent a tweet from Anderson Cooper’s account that called President Trump a R20;tool” and a R20;pathetic loser.”
In a statement, CNN claimed the tweet in question was sent from a phone belonging to Cooper’s assistant in New York while Cooper himself was in Washington D.C.
CNN said the tweet was the result of the anchor’s assistant’s phone being taken.
A CNN spokesperson said, “[Cooper’s] assistant inadvertently left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym early this morning and someone took the phone and sent the Tweet.”
“Geolocation tools confirm that the tweet in question was not sent from Anderson Cooper’s phone,” read a statement from the network. “Anderson was in Washington, and we have proof the tweet was sent from New York, from a phone belonging to his assistant.”
He’s apparently the only other person besides Anderson with access to the account.
BuzzFeed reporter Chris Geidner, who like Cooper is gay, tweeted in response, “I have never met a gay man who has left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym, but OK.”
The errant tweet was a response to the president on Wednesday regarding the loss of Republican candidate Roy Moore in the Alabama special election. Trump had tweeted: “The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!”
Anderson’s verified Twitter account replied to Trump early Wednesday morning — calling 45 a “tool!” and a “Pathetic loser.”