Anderson Cooper is not one who holds back, and in the wake of the horrifying events in Orlando, he’s demanding answers. He spoke with Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi on Tuesday about her past comments about the LGBT — and how fans are calling her a hypocrite.
Two years ago, Pam Bondi led the fight against same-sex marriage in Florida, and was quoted saying it would “impose significant public harm.” Now, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, she is standing by the LGBT community — and they city is lashing out at her. Watch Anderson Cooper‘s interview below.
“I saw you the other day saying that anyone who attacks the LGBT community—our LGBT community, you said—will be gone after to the full extent of the law,” Anderson said to Pam in his interview, live from Orlando, Florida.
“I talked to a lot of gay and lesbian people here yesterday who are not fans of yours and said that they thought you were being a hypocrite, that you for years have fought—you’ve basically gone after gay people, said that in court that gay people simply by fighting for marriage equality were trying to do harm to the people of Florida. Do you really think you’re a champion of the gay community?”
“I’ve never said I don’t like gay people. That’s ridiculous,” she said. Of course he asked about the message that she and her lawyer argued in court — that the gay community could harm the society.
Their conversation of course got very heated, and we have to say, he got very candid and defensive, really trying to get answers. He even brought up the hotline that she’s promoting now, for spouses of those who were killed to get help, would not exist had there not been gay marriage. “Isn’t there a sick irony in that?,” he asked. “You for years were fighting that very idea.”
Watch the entire interview above.