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Anderson Cooper Hits Back at Tucker Carlson, Hannity: ‘I Was Dissing Criminality' Not Olive Garden

Added 01-08-21 10:34:03pm EST - “CNN host Anderson Cooper responded to both Fox News hosts? Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson taking shots at him on their primetime shows Thursday night over Cooper poking fun at Olive Garden, the Italia” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “Anderson Cooper Hits Back at Tucker Carlson, Hannity On Olive Garden”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

CNN host Anderson Cooper responded to both Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson taking shots at him on their primetime shows Thursday night over Cooper poking fun at Olive Garden, the Italian restaurant franchise, on Wednesday night when speaking about where the pro-Trump vigilantes might go to eat after storming the Capitol.

“I know they [Carlson and Hannity] are in a jam, those guys have backed the president more than anyone,” Cooper began. “So I get they need to play down of what we all witnessed at the Capitol. I get it. They need to change the subject. They need to divert attention.”

“And I guess I gave them an easy opening to twist my words. I should have been more clear with something I said in the immediate moments after the attack as people who had broken into the Capitol were simply being allowed to leave, it seemed, just walk away. Celebrating the criminal act they had taken part in. I was trying to remark about the seemingly casualness of the behavior that we were all witnessing at that moment after the attack. The high-fiving, the laughing, the celebratory atmosphere, as if they had actually accomplished something,” Cooper stated.

The CNN host went on to state he made his original remarks while attempting to think of places the pro-Trump vigilantes might stay and eat as if it were a “normal day” in the Capitol Hill area.

“Normal places, as if this was just a normal day,” Cooper stated, before noting that after a bit of research, the nearest Olive Garden is in Maryland.

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