Anderson Cooper Grills Woman Who Led Charge Against Gay Marriage In Florida

After the state attorney general said in the wake of the Orlando shooting that anyone who "attacks our LGBT community" will be punished, Cooper called her out for hypocrisy.

CNN's Anderson Cooper didn't mince words during an interview with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Tuesday, saying many in the LGBT community think she's a "hypocrite."

After a shooter killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando Sunday, Bondi said people who attacked the LGBT community would be punished.

"We are making it clear that anyone who attacks our LGBT community, anyone who attacks anyone will be gone after to the fullest extent of the law," Bondi said Sunday.

Bondi led the fight against legalizing same-sex marriage in Florida, arguing it would "impose significant public harm" in the Sunshine State. The battle over gay marriage cost Florida taxpayers almost $500,000, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"You've basically gone after people, said in court that gay people, simply by fighting for marriage equality, were trying to do harm to the people of Florida," Cooper told her. "Do you really think you're a champion of the gay community?"

Bondi argued her push against gay marriage was in defense of an amendment adopted by Florida voters in 2008 that banned same-sex marriages.

"I've never said I don't like gay people, that's ridiculous," Bondi told Cooper.

The two debated over Bondi's fight against gay marriage, with Cooper asking Bondi if there's a "sick irony" to her assistance to the loved ones of the Orlando shooting victims.

Watch the exchange above. 



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