CNN’s Anderson Cooper holds no punches when it comes to expressing his opinions about Trump and this week he is taking aim at Trump’s love of speaking of himself in the third person. Cooper points out that this is much like the voice of the famous preschool character from Sesame Street, Elmo.
In Cooper’s segment “The Ridiculist”, he calls out the President for his “bizarre” way of speaking and his big ego. Throwing out some serious shade to the President, he says “I’m not talking about the screaming, or the cursing, or the mimicking a dog choking to death.” Ok, Anderson, we see you and we are here for it.
He’s talking about Trump’s ridiculous habit of referring to himself in the third person. Copious amounts of Trump clips and tweets show off this childish way of speaking and a look back at into social media is all it takes to find examples. He is in such a habit of doing it, it shows up all too often whenever and wherever he makes a statement.
Cooper fired out a clip of the President talking about the “Mueller witch hunt” (another pet peeve of Cooper’s- Trump’s overuse of “witch hunt”- he’s not wrong) where he is talking about the Democrats hating “him”. The “him” here is himself. Follow that up with a quick clip of Trump giving a comment on China:
“China has total respect for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump’s very, very large brain.”-Donald Trump
Take a look back at some past tweets from the President and it’s obvious that this little tic in his speech started way back before he called the White House his home. Cooper brought up a tweet from 2012 where Trump was congratulating himself on the success of his show “The Apprentice”. Cooper added, “…if no one else is tweeting compliments about you, tweet your own.”
The Apprentice was the #1 show on television last season on Sunday from 10 to 11 — congratulations Donald!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Cooper, calling the President “third-person-in-chief”, said that this is certainly not the normal behavior that comes with the presidency or with a position in power. He jokingly referred to himself in the third person to show just how ludicrous it looks when a grown adult speaks in such a juvenile way and said, “Anderson Cooper knows a thing or two about a thing or two… And the president of the United States is not supposed to talk like Elmo.”