Anderson Cooper's Tuesday take down of Pam Bondi was, by most accounts, pretty epic. That is if you are someone who knows what a Trump-supporting opportunistic hypocrite she is. Naturally, she boo-hooed herself all over various airwaves to soothe the wounds she suffered when her past was revealed. One of those interviews was on a NY radio station, where she showed what a lying liar she is.
During the interview
WOR’s “Len Berman and Todd Schnitt in the Morning” she went into the interview believing they were going to talk about helping victims, price gouging and donation scams. But Cooper also questioned Bondi about whether she considered herself a “champion of the gay community,” despite her office’s stance on same sex marriage.
Bondi called Cooper “the champion for the LGBT community” and said he could have been helping people. She said all the interview did was “encourage anger and hate.”
Too bad for the Trump bribe-taking Florida AG that 1). We have video evidence of what she said in a LIVE interview, and 2). Anderson Cooper keeps his pre-interview notes.
On his 360° program, he said that Bondi was either 'mistaken or not telling the truth.' Cooper played one of her lies from the WOR interview:
When he posted the clip, he cut out the entire first portion that discussed people donating to legitimate sites. *FALSE*
Cooper held up pre-interview notes from a CNN producer and Bondi’s office, which doesn’t mention the scams, and said the interview was carried live, so it wasn’t edited.
“Let’s be real here,” Cooper said. “Miss Bondi's big complaint seems to be that I asked in the first place in the wake of a massacre of gay and lesbian citizens about her new statements about the gay community and about her old ones.”
“For the record, my interview was not filled with any anger,” as Bondi claimed in the radio interview. “I was respectful before the interview, I was respectful during the interview and I was respectful after the interview.”
Pam Bondi made the decision to go to court to uphold Florida's ban on same sex marriage over and over again, always citing the statewide vote in 2008 to amend Florida's constitution to prohibit it. You can well imagine why Florida Republicans worked to get that item on the ballot in 2008. And of course 60 percent of Floridians were happy at that point to deny rights to their fellow citizens. And Pam Bondi, being an elected Attorney General, was too afraid of being primaried to stand up for those rights against the whims of Republican voters. This video from 2004 illustrates her opportunism:
And now that public opinion has turned on gay marriage, and doubly turned after the Orlando shooting, she's caught in her own past. So off she went to continue her tiny violin tour with the Dooce on Fox and Friends, and Doocy immediately lent his sympathy by saying she was 'blindsided.'
Poor wittle Pammy! She was trying to look like a sympathetic and diligent Attorney General and Cooper had to get all journalist-y and expose her cowardly past. If she really wanted to make any effort at conciliation with the LGBT community all she had to say was "Anderson, times have changed, and I have too." Instead, she lied, and wound up looking as disingenuous as she is.