Anderson Cooper was the target of homophobic abuse after the second Presidential Debate, it has emerged.

The CNN anchor, who co-moderated what was described as one of the fiercest face-offs between the two main candidates in modern history, was the first openly gay man to mediate such an exchange.

Alongside ABC’s Martha Raddatz, Cooper asked a number of tough questions that saw him become the target of homophobic slurs on social media.

Many described him as a “faggot” while others questioned his ability to understand “locker room talk”.

A number of trolls wanted him “gagged” and some suggested he wasn’t impartial, favouring Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Some even suggested that Cooper was jealous because he couldn’t “get with” Trump.

Before the debate, Trump had questioned Cooper’s ability to moderate the debate, saying he was biased.

“I don’t think Anderson Cooper should be a moderator because Anderson Cooper works for CNN, and over the last couple of days, I’ve seen how Anderson Cooper behaves,” he said.