On Cuomo Prime Time Wednesday night, Chris Cuomo tore into President Trump for a picture he posted on his Instagram earlier in the day, of himself sitting in the Oval Office behind several Goya Foods products. In the photo, Trump is grinning and giving two thumbs up. Last week, there was a call to boycott Goya products after the CEO fawningly praised Trump. Cuomo was appalled, and seemingly in disbelief, that the president would take the time for this in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
“You tell me how a president in the middle of a pandemic has got time for this bulls**t,” Cuomo said. “Are you kidding me? Hawking products — Goya, I don’t care who it is! Resolute desk? This is what he’s resolute about. Pandemic priorities?”
“His daughter Ivanka, top White House adviser, are you kidding me?!” Cuomo exclaimed. “Marketing for a brand following calls for a boycott after Goya's CEO heaped praise on Trump last week. On your dime, in the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans. Are you kidding me?”
Cuomo went on to reference the White House’s repeated attempts to discredit the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and expressed his belief that Trump’s post only proves Fauci’s importance.
“This is not Left and Right, this is reasonable, my brothers and sisters. The guy’s sitting on the Resolute Desk with a bunch of Goya products, proof positive of why we need many Faucis, but we only have one. The idea of him messing with Fauci when he’s selling magic beans is crazy. What reason? What good reason?”
Twitter quickly blew up with people who felt the same as Cuomo.
Chris Cuomo has the only correct reaction to that Trump Goya photo: pic.twitter.com/pfVLllCLI5
— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) July 16, 2020
Chris Cuomo is going full Howard Beale, and I’m here for all of it. pic.twitter.com/vcRJfqHIgU
— Zaki Hasan (@zakiscorner) July 16, 2020
And about an hour earlier, also on CNN, Anderson Cooper described what he saw in the photo while blasting Trump for taking the time to pose for the picture, smiling and giving thumbs up, as new coronavirus cases in the U.S. soar and deaths continue to rise.
“A picture of the most powerful man on Earth, facing the most serious challenge on Earth right now, in the Oval Office behind the famed Resolute Desk, and a can of beans, plus a few other items from aisle nine,” Cooper said. “Thumbs up, orange, grinning like he’s just won a prize. 137,000 Americans dead and this is our self-proclaimed wartime president’s answer to it.”
Anderson Cooper 360 airs weeknights at 8 p.m. on CNN.
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