"I didn't see him down in North Carolina the last few days helping out, lending a hand, but I'm sure he was busy doing something important besides just tweeting lies".
It was retweeted more than 8,000 times and sparked a number of memes.
During his Monday show, Cooper hit back, displaying Trump Jr.'s tweet on the air as he read some of the responses that had followed.More news: Hope fades in Philippines for dozens trapped in landslides
Cooper then went off to address Trump Jr. directly. "The idea that I am kneeling in water to make it look deep is frankly idiotic", the CNN journalist said.
Multiple people on social media interpreted the photo as a recent shot taken during Florence, including Smith.
The journalist ended the segment pointing out that the cameraman filming the decade old video was a longtime CNN audio tech Doug Thomas, who died in September 2017, proving that this photo wasn't taken during Florence. I never said the pic of him was from Florence. "I'm just getting started". On his show Monday night, Cooper dedicated nearly 10 minutes of his broadcast addressing the picture that made the rounds on social media.
"You can argue I didn't need to be standing in waist-deep water", he said.
Anderson explained the variation in the water level between him and the cameraman was because he was standing in a roadside ditch as part of a special report. But, again, I didn't want to be roaming around on the highway interfering with rescue vehicles in any way.More news: Tim Cook defends price of new iPhones
He added, "It's easy to make fun of someone standing in water reporting".
What Trump Jr. did was shameful to say the least.
He said Cooper was doing what CNN does best: "Crying & Lying". "[.] I tell you all of this to point out the obvious - there was plenty of deep water all around". Trump Jr. also seemed to suggest that Cooper's hurricane coverage had been overly dramatic, and was aimed at improving the network's ratings.
As the Washington Post pointed out, Lynne Patton, who previously worked for the Trump family as an event planner and is now an official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, shared the meme as well. "You know it's sad when even the WEATHER is #FakeNews", Patton wrote, right around the time that an infant had been reported drowned in the flooding. When the meme was contextualized and debunked, Patton posted another version with a shark photoshopped in and the hashtags #NeverClaimedItWasFlorence and #MoreFakeNews.More news: Daily aspirin may involve more risk than reward