Anderson Cooper Schools Bondi On Her Anti-LGBT Law And Its "Sick Irony"
Florida's AG Pam Bondi has a well known history here for being first in line to oppose same-sex marriage and fighting to keep same-sex couples from adopting children, but that may not be the case nationally. However, in light of the recent mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, and her potential hopes of gaining a place in the national spotlight with higher political ambitions by endorsing and campaigning with Donald Trump, it's hardly surprising she was happy to go on the air with CNN's Anderson Cooper yesterday to tell the world what a champion of the people she is. Here in Florida, we know she's anything but.
Unfortunately for her, it backfired.
The entire video below is well worth watching, as Cooper wasn't about to let Bondi off the hook with her hypocritical platitudes and all that cherry picking, but this statement she made in court documents back in 2014 while fighting against gay marriage was a centerpiece of his argument:
The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would disrupt existing marriage laws and "impose significant public harm."
Bondi, when confronted with this by Anderson, said:
"Of course not, of course not," Bondi said. "Gay people—no, I've never said that. Those words have never come out of my mouth."
What counts is not what came out of her mouth, but rather, what came out in her court documents, in which she referred to "same-sex marriage," as something that would "impose significant public harm," which in the real world does indeed involve "gay people."
When she bragged of the hotline in place for family members to check on their loved ones, Cooper pointed out the "sick irony" that partners of the victims would have been prevented from being in their hospital rooms if she had her way.
Bondi went on to defend the indefensible in a similar fashion for a grueling five-and-1/2 minutes.
Her double-talk is well known in Florida, but it's good to see her getting national attention for her hypocrisy on gay marriage and adoption, just as it was to see her claiming to care deeply about a mass shooting when just the day before it happened, she was on stage rallying with Donald Trump, as he used NRA talking points to falsely claim Hillary Clinton wanted to take away everyone's guns and eliminate the Second Amendment. Rick Scott, who now says he doesn't want to talk about guns post-Orlando, was perfectly fine to stand with Trump who had a lot to say about them that day as he riled up a gun-happy crowd in Tampa. Of course, Scott and Bondi are both champions of the NRA and guns as well.
Here is the video in full. Enjoy, as Pam Bondi squirms and babbles her way through every ridiculous argument, while Cooper refuses to take her nonsense seriously.
Well done, Mr. Cooper.