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Trump Posts Fake Video Of Anderson Cooper Reacting To CNN Town Hall

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Donald Trump on Friday morning shared a fake video clip from a CNN broadcast as he mocked the network over the public reaction to his falsehoods-filled town hall this week.

“That was President Donald J. Trump ripping us a new a—— here on CNN’s live presidential town hall,” anchor Anderson Cooper says on the manipulated video, which was posted to Trump’s Truth Social account on Friday morning. “Thank you for watching, have a good night.”

The doctored video was first been posted on Twitter by Donald Trump Jr., the former president’s eldest son, who often uses social media to mock liberals and media figures critical of his father and other conservatives.

CNN is facing widespread criticism from Democrats and media pundits who say it made a mistake in giving a forum to Trump, who used the event to promote false claims about the 2020 election, mock a woman whom a jury recently found he sexually abused, and cheered the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

Network executives made a point of defending the decision, arguing that Trump is the front-runner in the Republican primary and CNN has an obligation to confront him over his false statements.

On Thursday evening, Cooper himself defended his network, saying he “understands the anger” being directed at CNN but supports the decision to put Trump on the air.

“You have every right to be outraged today and angry and never watch this network again,” Cooper said during his remarks. “But do you think staying in your silo and only listening to people you agree with is going to make that person go away?”

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