With votes in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania still being counted, Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden's lead over President Donald Trump is growing, making Trump's defeat increasingly imminent.
On Thursday night—as his lead in the state was shrinking—held a press briefing where he once again falsely claimed victory. Trump assured that if only the "legal" votes were counted, he "easily" won, erroneously suggesting that the millions of mail ballots cast in Pennsylvania and across the nation for Biden are illegal.
People were highly disturbed at the level of delusion displayed by Trump's denial.
One of those people was CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who delivered a vivid metaphor in response to the briefing.
Cooper: That is the President of the United States. That is the most powerful person in the world and we see him li… https://t.co/313ziyc3X2— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi)1604621678.0
"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 realizing his time is over, but he just hasn't accepted it and he wants to take everybody down with him, including this country."
In the wild, some species of turtles struggle to right themselves when they capsize. Sometimes, it's physically impossible and the turtle dies from heat or starvation. Cooper likened this to Trump's denial of the reality that he is currently losing to Biden in a fair election in an increasingly futile effort to right his prospects.
Twitter users were stunned to see the normally mild-mannered Cooper take such an illustrative dig.
Anderson Cooper has had it. https://t.co/neCjcZ4YcQ— Ato Essandoh (@Ato Essandoh)1604622588.0
CNN’s Anderson Cooper is not holding back here 🐢 https://t.co/IEbGspbuuc— Jason Von Berg (@Jason Von Berg)1604641986.0
"That is the most powerful person in the world and we see him like an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot… https://t.co/uujszEvMoP— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1604625930.0
HE JUST CALLED TRUMP AN OBESE TURTLE STUCK ON HIS BACK https://t.co/KSxf9vYiQ2— ellie (@ellie)1604621988.0
Others questioned Cooper's emphasis on the President's weight, considering the amount of actually disturbing qualities of Trump's demeanor.
✨✨ trump won’t see your fatphobic tweets about how he’s an obese turtle but your fat friends will ✨✨— carly butler (@carly butler)1604685007.0
Cooper wasn't the only one to push back against Trump's statement.
A democratic emergency. We must be clear about what is happening here even if it is so far largely unsuccessful. https://t.co/bJ3yU9vQn2— Brendan Nyhan (@Brendan Nyhan)1604582053.0
This is the strangest thing I've ever seen by an adult ever lol https://t.co/upnzgKJLmC— Pippi 🕊🌏 (@Pippi 🕊🌏)1604621268.0
The votes continue to be counted as Trump's pathways to the White House are receding into their shell.