CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday confronted Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi over whether she was a hypocrite on gay rights issues since she argued against same-sex marriage in the state and hinted her language might spur such attacks.
Immediately following the weekend shooting attack on an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 people dead, Bondi said in a press conference that "anyone who attacks our LGBT community, anyone who attacks anyone in our state will be gone after to the fullest extent of the law. … We need to look out for each other, we need to take care of each other."
In the interview on Tuesday, as reported by E! Online,
Cooper told Bondi he had talked with people locally who said she has "basically gone after gay people."
Bondi argued in court that "gay people, simply by fighting for marriage equality, were trying to do harm to the people of Florida" and "to 'induce public harm.'"
"Doesn't that send a message to some people who might have bad ideas in mind?" he asked. "Do you really think you're a champion of the gay community?"
Bondi said she doesn't believe gay people "could do harm to the state of Florida," but that the argument was made by her lawyer in court on behalf of the state constitution which the voters wanted included.
"I never said that. Those words never came out of my mouth," Bondi said. "I've never said I don't like gay people. That's ridiculous."
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