Despite this, Anderson Cooper is doing his best to sift through the disinfo. In one of his latest opening monologues, he’s taking on Trump’s lies about why we have so many COVID-19 cases, why he’s telling doctors to “slow” the testing, and why his base had nothing to fear at his latest rally.

But the lies form a web of narratives that are hard to connect. The moment Trump’s staff jump to go out on a limb and support him, as Cooper puts it, “he cuts it off behind them.” Make sure your sitting down for this one — you may even want to buckle in: