Anderson Cooper to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi: “Do you really think you’re a champion of the gay community?”
“I’ve never said I don’t like gay people,” Pam Bondi protested on Tuesday when CNN’s Anderson Cooper raked her over the coals for her sudden sympathy towards Florida’s gay community.
It all started on Sunday after the Orlando shooting, when Bondi declared:
“Anyone who attacks our LGBT community…will be gone after to the fullest extent of the law.”
“Our” LGBT community? That really stuck in Anderson Cooper’s craw, and here’s why. The Sun Sentinel reminds us that Pam Bondi wasted public tax dollars fighting a federal judge’s 2014 ruling against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. And she didn’t just appeal it once. She kept going and going until June 2015 when the Supreme Court ruled that gays can marry all across the US.
Then, to add insult to injury, she asked the federal courts to not award attorney fees for the gay couples she had wronged on the state of Florida’s behalf.
No wonder Anderson Cooper feels deeply suspicious of Pam Bondi’s crocodile tears.
“I talked with a lot of gay and lesbian people yesterday who are not fans of yours, who said that they thought you were being a hypocrite.”
Anderson Cooper then coldly demanded to know how LGBT people can trust her to enforce the law and protect them:
“You’ve basically gone out after gay people and said in court that people — simply by fighting for marriage equality — were trying to do harm to the people of Florida. ‘Do public harm’ I believe is the term you used in court. Do you really think you’re a champion of the gay community?”
He pressed on to point out that if it weren’t for the Supreme Court upholding gay marriage, gays whose spouses were injured or killed in the Orlando shooting wouldn’t have even been able to get information about them. “Isn’t there a sick irony in that?” Anderson Cooper pointedly added.
But Pam Bondi protested that she was just doing what her hateful base of bigoted voters wanted her to do…But today she deigns to see LGBT people as “human beings.”
“You know what today is about? Human beings. Today’s about victims.”
“It’s about gay and lesbian victims,” Anderson Cooper reminded her. Alas, we all know how much these right-wingers hate victims.
“It sure is, LGBT victims,” Pam Bondi starchily replied.
“Anderson, I’m not trying to portray myself as anything but trying to help people who have lost their lives and who have family members who aren’t getting the services they need.”
Pffft. Give me a break. Since when has a Republican ever cared about helping people or making sure families get the services they need?
And what about all those times she cheerily tweeted about various holidays while never once mentioning Gay Pride Month, Cooper inquired. Oh, but now, Pam Bondi has a photo on her website with hands clasped together, like “all different-colored rainbow hands.”
Oooh. “Different-colored rainbow hands.” But when Anderson Cooper asked if she would be a “vocal champion” for the LGBT community from now on, Pam Bondi looked a little nervous as she vaguely replied:
“My goodness, Anderson, we’ve had 49 people murdered, simply because they were in a bar at the wrong time.”
Anderson Cooper eviscerates Pam Bondi on CNN.
Photo: Video screen grab/CNN.