Anderson Cooper (CNN screenshot)

Anderson Cooper (CNN screenshot)

CNN has welcomed critics of President Trump since he was a candidate, but a woman who claims Trump sexually assaulted her became too much for anchor Anderson Cooper.

E. Jean Carroll told Cooper she thinks most people believe “rape” is “sexy” and “think about the fantasies.”

The CNN anchor immediately cut to a commercial break, and the video posted by CNN did not include that section.

“Now why would they leave something like that out?”

The Daily Wire reported Carroll, a columnist for Elle magazine who accused Trump of groping her in a new book she’s promoting, “clearly” made Cooper “uncomfortable.”

When Cooper said most people think of rape as a violent assault, she said, “I think most people think of rape as being sexy.”

Cooper stumbled, and she added, “Think of the fantasies.”

“We’re gonna take short, quick break,” Cooper said.

“You’re fascinating to talk to,” Carroll said.

Carroll claims in the book that she was attacked by Trump in a fitting room at a New York City Bergdorf Goodman’s store. However, the store said it has no record to back her claim.

Recently speaking to MSNBC, she said she would not press charges because it would be “disrespectful” to immigrant women.

Later, she said the statute of limitations had run out.

Trump has denied the claim.

“She is trying to sell a new book – that should indicate her motivation,” he said. “It should be sold in the fiction section. … False accusations diminish the severity of real assault. All should condemn false accusations and any actual assault in the strongest possible terms.”

Fox News reported New York magazine recently published Carroll’s claims as part of an excerpt from her book. She also accuses other men of improper sexual behavior.

Twitter news aggregator Twitchy said: “In indulging Carroll’s bizarre behavior, they’re only demonstrating that their concern isn’t with her, but with the narrative she can feed into.”

Twitter user Carol Roth wrote: “It’s very clear she is mentally unwell. Someone needs to stage an intervention and media needs to use some care and stop exploiting those who are so obviously dealing with issues.”

Rush Limbaugh said of Carroll on Tuesday: “Let’s just say that the elevator gets nowhere near the top floors here.

“This woman has long been known as a woman who thinks men are unnecessary and irrelevant.”

“Why come out now with this?” Limbaugh noted. “Everything else that they’ve tried against Trump has bombed out.”

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