Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi underwent withering questioning from CNN’s Anderson Cooper over anti-gay record.
Florida’s Attorney General is still furious with Anderson Cooper.
Pam Bondi tells Fox News the CNN anchor ‘basically mocked me’ during an interview this week about her efforts to help those impacted by the mass shooting inside of gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead.
Cooper called Bondi out for what he saw as hypocrisy because she fought against making same-sex marriage legal in her state writing that it would ‘induce public harm.’
‘I get it. He’s hurt,’ she said of the openly gay Cooper.
‘He is a champion of the LGBT community. But you know, that’s a time for us to come together … Emotions are high. I saw later that he had cried when he was reading the names. let’s just focus on unity and love. He basically mocked me for saying that.’
Bondi added that she wanted to talk about some fundraising scams that had been popping up since the killings.
‘He just flipped on me,’ she said. ‘There’s a time and place for everything. If he wants to ask me about doing my job, defending the constitution, but to incite anger and hatred–was not the time nor the place in front of a hospital.’
Cooper defended his line of questioning on Thursday: ‘It’s my job to hold people accountable. And if on Sunday a politician is talking about love and embracing “Our LGBT community,” I don’t think it’s unfair to look at their record and see if they have actually ever spoken that way publicly before. Which I never heard her say.’
Cooper added that ‘there is irony’ to the fact that Bondi is now championing her effort to help the gay community, including attack survivors, with ‘the very right which allows gay spouses to bury their dead and loved ones’ which he points out, is “a right that would not exist if Ms. Bondi had had her way. I think it’s fair to ask her about that.’