U.S. President Donald Trump had another loose-lipped interview while appearing on Thursday’s “Fox and Friends”, and Anderson Cooper was sure to make note, saying that he was like a “crazy person on a park bench.”
During Thursday night’s episode of “Anderson Cooper 360”, the news host talked about Trump’s phone call on the conservative talk show with Alan Dershowitz, a libertarian law academic. The two were talking about Trump pardoning his lawyer, Michael Cohen, who paid $130,000 to an adult film star who allegedly had an affair with the president.
Dershowitz implied that people shouldn’t read too much into the President’s words.
“I think it would go down a very bad road for us to start parsing the president’s words to determine whether or not the president of the United States is exercising his authority under Article II or violating the law,” Dershowitz said. “How do you ever interpret statements made by Donald Trump? He made a vague, general statement intended to convey different points to different people.”
However, Cooper was quick to blast the rationalization.
“Don’t you think that it’s kind of surreal that we are in a place now as a country where we’re like, ‘Oh, don’t listen to the president,’ like he’s a crazy person on a park bench with an onion tied to his belt, just mumbling incoherently,” Cooper said. “You’re saying don’t parse these words. You’re saying, essentially, don’t listen to him, don’t pay attention to the words that come out of his mouth because they really have no meaning, that’s basically what you’re saying.”
“It was like listening to the rantings of Richard Nixon on the tapes,” Cooper added, referring to tapes of Nixon’s conversations in the White House about Watergate and its cover-up. “Except this is on live television. He’s calling in, screaming, yelling into the telephone.”
Dershowitz quickly responded, saying that the President is entitled to “express his own views,” but agreed that Trump has a habit of spouting conflicting messages.
“I wish, as an American citizen, that he wouldn’t speak in this way,” Dershowitz said. “And if I were his lawyer, which I am not, I would advise him not to speak in this way.”