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06th Nov 2020

Donald Trump labelled ‘obese turtle on his back’ after bizarre speech

CNN's Anderson Cooper labelled Donald Trump an "obese turtle on his back" after he made numerous baseless claims in a bizarre press conference

Reuben Pinder

Trump is going down swinging

Donald Trump was been labelled “an obese turtle on his back, flailing in the hot sun” after an impromptu news conference in which he made numerous baseless claims on Friday evening.

The president (for now) announced the news conference would be held just 15 or so minutes before he started speaking, and on several occasions made claims of illegality in the vote counting process with no evidence to back up such claims.

The coverage on CNN was refreshingly honest – the American broadcaster even issued a warning before his speech that it would likely be full of lies and they were not wrong. As Trump rambled on about voter fraud, more than one TV channel cut him off, returning to the studio to explain that a large portion of what he was saying was based on no evidence whatsoever.

In very ‘this is Manchester United we’re talking about’ fashion, CNN’s Anderson Cooper encapsulated the mood of the world with a snappy line that sent Twitter into hysterics.

“That is the President of the United States. That is the most powerful person in the world and we see him, like an obese turtle on his back, flailing in the hot sun, realising his time is over,” Cooper said.

“But he just hasn’t accepted it, and he wants to take everybody down with him, including this country,” he added.

Thursday saw very slow progress in the race to 270 electoral votes in the US election, but the odds are now heavily stacked in Joe Biden’s favour.

Hurry up, Nevada.