Anderson Cooper talks about Pam Bondi interview during Orlando benefit

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Anderson Cooper said he had every right to ask Attorney General Pam Bondi about her stance on gay marriage during an Orlando interview earlier this month.

“I wasn’t asking her about things she had done a year before out of the blue,” said Cooper of his now infamous interview with Bondi in the days following the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. “It was something she said Sunday and something she said that day on another network. I thought I was in my rights to do that, and clearly she wasn’t happy with how it all ended up.”

Earlier this month, Cooper called out Bondi for her office’s decision to defend the state’s ban on same sex marriage. In the wake of the shooting, which happened at a gay nightclub, Bondi said anyone who does harm to the LGBTQ community will be “gone after” to the fullest extent of the law.

But Cooper — who was in Orlando with his friend and Bravo host Andy Cohen on Thursday for a benefit to support victims of the shooting — said he had heard from many people in the gay community that they resented her decision to defend the ban.

Cooper, who publicly came out as gay in 2012, said people he was talking to were pointing out Bondi’s statements following the shooting were “antithetical to things that she said previously.”

“I think anyone who has run for office, is holding office deserves respect. They’re dedicating their time and their service and all of that,” he told Cohen. “But I also think its my job to confront people with their statements that they made that day and the day before and how that jives with things they’ve said in the past.”

Cooper and Cohen brought their popular AC2 show to Orlando Thursday to benefit the OneOrlando Fund. According to the Dr. Phillips Center, 100 percent of the proceeds went to the fund.

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3 comments

  • Arshad Sherif, M.A., M.Ed.

    July 1, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Was that his gay friend that he was talking to? Obviously a gay crowd that was in attendance. What the article doesn’t describe is the laughter of the audience. Obviously a very gay audience that couldn’t stop laughing at every stupid thing that Anderson Cooper was saying about Pam Bondi. Anderson Cooper was mocking Pam Bondi in a very unseemly way in front of a gay audience that is clearly in Anderson’s corner as regards the Cooper/Bondi confrontation. Anderson Cooper was disrespectful to Pam Bondi in the manner he was describing his interview with Pam Bondi and in the manner he was describing the subsequent events related to that interview.

    Anderson Cooper has made Pam Bondi his prime target at a time when the struggle between gay and straight is becoming more and more militant. He is making Pam Bondi the Goddess of the ultra-conservative ideology at a time when the gay community has suffered a serious setback on the battlefield.

    Anderson Cooper seeks to make Pam Bondi accountable for every fallen gay in Orlando. And to make her accountable for every drop of gay blood that was spilled.

    At a time when we don’t know exactly how the gay community will choose to respond, putting Pam Bondi on the front lines, as Anderson Cooper has done repeatedly, is despicable indeed. She is an awesome blonde. A delicate and fragile blonde. All of her recent media appearances give every indication that she is a very traumatized woman.

    She is being tormented and traumatized by Anderson Cooper.

    Anderson Cooper is angry. He is angry at the loss of gays. The loss of penetrable gay buttocks. And he is releasing his anger on a blonde Goddess. A blonde Goddess whose buttocks straight men would die for.

    • mishach

      July 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Your whole tirade is out of the Republican schoolbook. No reason in the world to defend Bondi – she’s anti LGBT,a fraud and NOT FRAGILE – just mean !

    • KENNY JIMNO

      July 2, 2016 at 3:32 am

      Okay are you stupid Arshad Sherif, did you not read that this was a fund raiser for the Orland Victims of The Pulse Night Club. So ya I’d think it would be a mostly Gay event.

      If you have heard Pam Bondi anytime before this interview especially living her in Florida she has been ” Militant” about rejecting right if Gay people here in this State. Where as a Gay person I can be fired just for being Gay . That is the Pam Bondi we know.

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