Who gave the best political rant of 2017: Anderson Cooper or John Oliver?

Who gave the best political rant of 2017: Anderson Cooper or John Oliver?

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The rise of the Internet saw the advent of the viral political rant, and 2017 may have been the best year yet for political commentators to unleash their fury. As the year comes to an end, we've asked Tylters to decide who had the best takedown of them all. CNN's Anderson Cooper is one of America's most beloved news anchors. But in only four seasons of his HBO show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver has quickly risen to the top of the politirage game. Who's your favorite? 🗣

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To many, 2017 has been the year of political opinions. Everyone—from athletes to actors to country singers—has had something to say about the current political climate. But it has also given politicos the chance to shine and unleash their greatest political rants to date.

Political personalities on both ends of the spectrum have seized the moment, becoming rock stars in their own right as politics take center stage. From seasoned commentators to rising stars, The Tylt wants to know who you think delivered the best political rant of 2017.

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CNN's Anderson Cooper has made a huge splash in the politirage world. From his infamous eye-rolling to this touching tribute to his brother who committed suicide, it is no wonder Cooper is the most-watched anchor on CNN.

After spending years as a correspondent for ABC News, Cooper became the anchor of Anderson Cooper 360 in 2003. As President Trump continues to attack CNN, deeming the organization "fake news," Copper is one of the anchors who has truly risen above the noise.

Cooper's best rant of 2017 came when he castigated President Trump for exploiting John Kelly's deceased son to protect himself from accusations of not calling the families of the fallen soldiers in Niger. Cooper called out the president's history of insulting veterans and Gold Star families, claiming it gives him no right to evoke the death of Kelly's son as an excuse for his lies.

President Obama like presidents Bush, Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Reagan and others before them, honored the fallen in many ways: phone calls, letters, witnessing caskets coming home, visiting the wounded. They did so frequently, often without bringing reporters along. None of them, Republicans and Democrats alike, wanted it to be about themselves. Until now.
As we've seen so many times before, this president, in his mind, simply cannot be wrong. And that gives him license, it seems, for a lie. It allows him to stand in front of the CIA's Wall of the Fallen to re-litigate inauguration crowd size. It lets him insult a Gold Star family, the Khans, who lost their son, killed in Iraq. It allows him to say John McCain's not a hero because he was captured. Never mind that after he was captured, John McCain was held captive and tortured for six years and can barely raise his arms because of it.

Watch the full rant below:

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Combining hard-hitting journalism with side-splitting satire, John Oliver has risen as one of 2017's political heavyweights. His show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver dominated at the Emmys—winning four out of the eight categories for which the show was nominated—and HBO announced it would renew the show for an additional three seasons through 2020.

Oliver got his big break when he joined The Daily Show in 2006 as Jon Stewart's main sidekick, co-writer, and Senior British Correspondent. In 2014, HBO launched the first season of Last Week Tonight, and Oliver quickly surged to the forefront of political satire for his epic monologues covering everything from the death penalty to net neutrality to FIFA.

After a successful three seasons, fans waited in anticipation for Oliver's fourth season, where he would be covering politics in the age of Trump.

And Oliver did not disappoint. He opened his fourth season with a scathing takedown of President Trump's complicated relationship with the truth and "the concept of reality itself."

"Since taking office... Trump has made it clear that reality is not important to him. Think about it. He's exaggerated the size of his inauguration crowd. He said the election was marred by mass voter fraud with no real proof of that. He also falsely claims that compared to Muslims, it was almost impossible for Christian refugees from Syria to get into the U.S. He even lied about the weather during his inauguration [...] So that is where we're currently at. We have a president capable of standing in the rain and saying it was a sunny day."

Watch the full rant below:

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