Florida AG: Cooper Encouraged ‘Anger And Hate’ By Grilling Me On Gay Rights

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Fresh off being grilled on live TV by CNN host Anderson Cooper over her anti-gay positions, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi declared Wednesday morning that it was his interview with her that encouraged “anger and hate.”

Cooper’s interview with Bondi Tuesday made for dramatic TV when he repeatedly pressed Bondi on whether it was “hypocritical” of her to suggest she was an ally to the LGBT community. Bondi was involved in defending the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Bondi said Wednesday she agreed to Cooper’s interview to help victims’ families, not to create “more anger and havoc and hatred yesterday. Yesterday was about unity.”

“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,” Bondi said in a radio interview on WOR.

She went on to say that she was disappointed in the interview.

“All it did was encourage anger and hate,” Bondi said.

Listen to her comments:

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