In the wake of the horrific terror attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida Attorney General and prominent Trump supporter Pam Bondi has been trying to position herself as a champion of the LGBT community. CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed Bondi today, however, and he positively nailed her for her past work against LGBT causes.
“I saw you yesterday say that anyone who attacks the LGBT community… will be gone after to the fullest extent of the law,” Cooper began. “I talked to a lot of gay and lesbian people here yesterday who are not fans of yours, and who said that they thought you were being a hypocrite… You said 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?”
Bondi responded that when she was sworn in as attorney general, she had a duty to uphold the constitution of the state of Florida, which at the time featured an amendment banning gay people from getting married in the state.
Cooper pressed her on her specific language, however, and asked why she had to insist that gay people who wanted to get married would “do harm” to the people of Florida. Bondi said she never believed letting gay people get married would do harm to her fellow Floridians.
In reality, of course, Bondi’s office argued that forcing Florida to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages in 2014 would “impose significant public harm” and Bondi made her fight against gay marriage a key issue in her reelection campaign.
Check out the full clip of Cooper grilling Bondi below.
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Gunman seizes hostages in a bank in French port city of Le Havre
A man armed with a gun was holding three people hostage in a bank in northern France on Thursday, officials said, and two police union sources said the gunman was believed to have Islamist ties.
An elite tactical unit of the French police was on its way to the scene in the port of Le Havre, police said.
A representative of the national police told Reuters the hostage-taker had initially seized six people at the bank, but two had subsequently been released. It was unclear if a third person was released or had escaped.
The police representative said the hostage-taker was a 34-year-old man with a history of mental health problems. The man's weapon was a handgun, police said.
Facebook removes network of fake accounts that posed as Trump supporters
Facebook said Thursday it took down accounts running a deceptive campaign out of Romania pretending to be Americans supporting US President Donald Trump ahead of the coming election.
The leading online social network removed 35 Facebook accounts, three pages, and 88 Instagram accounts as part of an ongoing fight against "coordinated inauthentic behavior," according to security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher.
"The people behind this network used fake accounts to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage pages including some posing as President Trump fan pages," Gleicher said.
Brace yourself for months of lawlessness — ‘Election Night’ likely will not end until 2021
There’s nothing wrong with treating American politics like a sport as long as everyone involved in the competition is playing the same sport by the same rules. There’s nothing wrong as long as both sides agree the rules are legitimate, both commit to obeying them and both accept the consequences when they break them.
But there is a problem with treating American politics like a sport when one side is playing soccer and the other is playing football while neither can agree to the rules, because one side won’t commit to obeying them. There is something wrong when one side not only refuses to accept the consequences of rule-breaking but sets out to undermine the idea of rules altogether. In that case, treating politics like a sport, as the Washington press corps habitually does, isn’t helpful. It’s harmful. Even dangerous.