CNN’s Cooper Presses FL AG About Defending State Marriage Amendment, Asks If She Sent ‘Message’ To ‘People Who Might Have Bad Ideas?’

During an interview in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday’s “CNN Newsroom,” CNN host Anderson Cooper pressed Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) about her failure to tweet about Gay Pride Month and her defense of the state’s marriage amendment, and whether her arguments in favor of the amendment sent “a message to some people who might have bad ideas in mind?” Cooper asked Bondi about accusations from gay and lesbian people he had talked to who said Bondi is a “hypocrite,” because “you, for years have fought — you basically have gone after gay people, said that, in court, that gay people, simply by fighting for marriage equality for trying to do harm to the people of Florida. To induce public harm, I believe was the term you used in court. Do you really think you’re a champion of the gay community?” Bondi responded that as attorney general, it was her job to defend the state’s constitution, and she was defending the state’s marriage amendment in court, and never said she disliked gay people. Cooper then asked, “[D]o you worry about using language accusing gay people of trying to do harm to the people of Florida, when — doesn’t that send a