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Watch Fla. Attorney General Pretend She Didn't Stab Gays in the Back

Watch Fla. Attorney General Pretend She Didn't Stab Gays in the Back


Anderson Cooper wouldn't let the Republican official off the hook for perpetuating homophobia in the Sunshine State.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was full of excuses when out CNN journalist Anderson Cooper confronted her sudden concern for her state's LGBT citizens.

After the Orlando massacre, in which 49 people were slaughtered inside a gay nightclub, Bondi was quoted as saying she will use the full extent of the law to go after anyone who attacks the LGBT community. Cooper was quick to point out that Bondi repeatedly fought marriage equality, even having one of her attorneys argue that same-sex couples were trying to harm the people of Florida by fighting for the right to wed. "Do you really think you're a champion of the gay community?" Cooper asked Bondi.

While Bondi repeatedly claimed she was only doing the will of the electorate, who passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, she failed to mention that several attorney generals -- including those representing states like California, Virginia, and Nevada -- refused to defend such discriminatory bans.

Cooper refused to let the attorney general off the hook, pointing out her obstruction and waste of taxpayer money.

"Well, before the Supreme Court [ruling], there was a federal judge and you continued to fight [marriage equality] after the federal judge ruled, and in fact you spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money fighting it," Cooper said.

"Well, Anderson, we rushed to get it to the Supreme Court," Bondi said in response, dishonestly implying she was trying to get the case to the Supreme Court so all same-sex couples had the right to wed. "You know what today is about? Human beings. Today's about victims." Watch below.

The Human Rights Campaign previously targeted Bondi's hypocrisy in ads pointing out she's been divorced three times but continued to fight vociferously to protect the so-called sanctity of marriage. Bondi is currently facing criticism that she received a $25,000 donation from Donald Trump in exchange for not pursuing charges against the presidential candidate's allegedly fradulent Trump University.

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