Anderson Cooper: ‘It’s My Job to Hold People Accountable’

By Mark Joyella 

CNN’s Anderson Cooper has responded to Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, who said Wednesday she was “extremely disappointed” by Cooper’s questions about her record on LGBT issues during an interview Tuesday.

“Let’s be real,” Cooper said on AC360 Wednesday night. “Miss Bondi’s big complaint seems to be that I asked in the first place in the wake of a massacre of gay and lesbian citizens about her new statements about the gay community and about her old ones.”

During his interview with Bondi, Cooper said “I have never really seen you talk about gays and lesbians and transgender people in a positive way until now.”


“I don’t know Pam Bondi personally, she seems like a nice person, actually. I don’t think she has hate in her heart,” Cooper said Wednesday. “It’s my job to hold people accountable. And if on Sunday they talk about love and embracing ‘our LGBT community,’ I don’t think it is unfair to look at their record and see if they’ve spoken that way publicly before, which I’ve never heard her say.”