Amid questions about an anti-Trump tweet sent from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper's account, the network released a dubious statement seeking to absolve its staff of any guilt.

CNN's explanation for the tweet, which referred to the president as a "tool" and "pathetic loser," is nothing short of hilarious.

Two people have access to Cooper's account, according to CNN, him and his assistant. Since the tweet was sent from New York while the anchor was in Washington, CNN ruled out any culpability on the part of Cooper. Fair enough. Here's where things got weird.

"His assistant inadvertently left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym early this morning, and someone took the phone and sent the tweet," CNN claimed in a statement on Thursday.

Someone at the gym recognized Cooper's assistant, grabbed his phone, which happened to be both unattended and unlocked, went to Twitter and replied to a Trump tweet with an insult so lukewarm it would be laughed out of a middle school locker room?


It sure feels like CNN is trying to sell us a banana. #FactsFirst