On Wednesday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi called into a friend’s radio show to complain about what she called Anderson Cooper’s “extremely disappointing” behavior towards her yesterday in an interview on CNN.
As we reported, Cooper on Tuesday held Bondi accountable for her entrenched opposition to gay marriage over the years. Cooper particularly went after Bondi for the argument her office used to oppose same-sex marriage, that allowing gay couples to wed would cause “significant harm” to the state of Florida.
Speaking on WOR’s “Len Berman and Todd Schnitt in the Morning”, Bondi today said she was blindsided by Cooper’s questions on gay marriage and that he “completely flipped and got into a constitutional issue of course.”
She added, “The interview was supposed to be about helping people’s families, not creating more anger and havoc and hatred yesterday. Yesterday was about unity, about bringing people together, about helping people.”
Bondi also suggested Cooper’s line of questioning was inappropriate, saying, “You know, There’s a time and place for everything, but yesterday wasn’t the time nor the place in front of a hospital when we could have been helping victims…And Anderson Cooper is the champion for the LGBT community and he could have been helping people yesterday. So I was disappointed in that.” She added, “It just wasn’t the time nor the place for that yesterday because all it did was encourage anger and hate — and families who we’re trying to help to probably not trust my office and the 14 advocates we’ve brought in.”
Listen to the interview, below.