Anderson Cooper called into question Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s stance on LGBT rights during a CNN interview on Tuesday.
“I saw you the other day saying that anyone who attacks the LGBT community—our LGBT community, you said—will be gone after to the full extent of the law,” Cooper says to Bondi.
“I talked to a lot of gay and lesbian people here yesterday who are not fans of yours and said that they thought you were being a hypocrite, that you for years have fought—you’ve basically gone after gay people, said that in court that gay people simply by fighting for marriage equality were trying to do harm to the people of Florida. Do you really think you’re a champion of the gay community?” Cooper continued.
Bondi’s office defended Florida’s gay marriage ban to the Supreme Court in May 2014 saying it would “induce public harm” to the people of Florida. NBC News reported Bondi’s fight against same-sex marriage would cost almost $500,000 for Florida taxpayers.
Bondi tells Cooper that she was just defending the state constitution. Cooper points out that without gay marriage Orlando victims’ partners or spouses wouldn’t be able to receive information or visit the hospital.
“Isn’t there a sick irony in that?” Cooper asks.
Cooper also grilled Bondi on her tweets for “national dog month, national shelter dog appreciation day or adopt a shelter dog month” and noted she never tweeted for gay pride month. Bondi responded that since the Orlando shooting her website includes “all-different-color rainbow hands,” but where the symbol is on her website is unclear.