A Fox News interview had many online seeing double. Twitter users were quick to compare the new look of former Congressman Trey Gowdy to that of American journalist Anderson Cooper.
Gowdy was the guest host of Fox News Primetime, a new show on the Fox News channel currently rotating hosts weekly. The former Congressman was interviewing Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
However, it wasn't the substance of the interview that had people doing a double take.
Rather it was the surprising way Gowdy in glasses appeared to be trying to emulate Anderson Cooper.
I just want to UN-SEE Trey Gowdy cosplaying Anderson Cooper! https://t.co/oUP7Hp0v7g— Denise🐝HighwayHopes #ButtigiegDemocrat (@Denise🐝HighwayHopes #ButtigiegDemocrat) 1612241287.0
It’s like somebody took Anderson Cooper and let the air out of his head. https://t.co/uBNg9kT4GY— Brian Ray (@Brian Ray) 1612248494.0
Does Fox News think Trey Gowdy is their answer to Anderson Cooper?— Jamie Virnig is fully vaccinated and ready to hug (@Jamie Virnig is fully vaccinated and ready to hug) 1612277948.0
Did a quick google of Trey Gowdy (1st pic) and none of his photos show he wears glasses. Gets a new show and he not… https://t.co/TvyW1rlOQz— ❄️ 𝓷𝓸𝓻𝓪𝓱 💃🏾 (@❄️ 𝓷𝓸𝓻𝓪𝓱 💃🏾) 1612466542.0
@bhiltz2206 yeah.. looks like Trey Gowdy tryna be Anderson Cooper— 🧀 💉 pǝxxɐʌ ǝlqnop sᴉ ɹ uɐp💉 🧀 (@🧀 💉 pǝxxɐʌ ǝlqnop sᴉ ɹ uɐp💉 🧀) 1612303157.0
In the interview, Graham was insisting witnesses not be called during the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Instead, he wanted the FBI to explain more about the possible pre-planning of the attacks.
But the clip caused many online to laugh at the new look of Trey Gowdy who hadn't often been seen in glasses before. Between the specs and the change in hairstyle, many wondered if he was going for a specific look as the host of Fox News Primetime.
Gowdy is the former representative of South Carolina's 4th district, from 2011 to 2019. During this time, Gowdy led the investigation on the House Benghazi Committee, to determine any possible wrongdoing by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
With politics almost the exact opposite of the CNN journalist, Gowdy's similarity to Cooper had many taking jabs at the guest host.
@MaryLTrump @BrianKarem @LindseyGrahamSC Trey Gowdy is what you get in the mail 12 weeks after you order Anderson Cooper from Wish.— Holly🇨🇦 (@Holly🇨🇦) 1612251512.0
Trey Gowdy looks like they were trying to make an @andersoncooper and the mold got melted.— Julia Adult (she/her) (@Julia Adult (she/her)) 1612624882.0
@theJperspective Trey Gowdy is what happened when they tried to put Anderson Cooper in Tekken 3 for the original So… https://t.co/qvqGCtqsrZ— Just George Oh 🍥 (@Just George Oh 🍥) 1612584612.0
If you scroll really quickly and go past the Trey gowdy Lindsey Graham interview your immediate thought is, what th… https://t.co/V3EmMPRgJK— Bertram Dewell III (@Bertram Dewell III) 1612283034.0
@Acyn So Trey Gowdy has finally gone with the “evil Anderson Cooper twin” look. He’s tried the ginger rooster, sl… https://t.co/nRAuppSWWX— Dad With No Filter 🇨🇦 (@Dad With No Filter 🇨🇦) 1612229197.0
Gowdy chose not to seek reelection in 2018, and instead pursued a legal career. In addition to the guest host position on Fox News Primetime, he's also a regular contributor to the network.
It is unknown how Anderson Cooper feels about the comparison, even if Gowdy was compared unfavorably. Cooper has a history of little patience with Fox News and their reporting.