After Donald Trump pardoned Rod Blagojevich, the man was dumb enough to accept an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper and audacious enough in the interview to call himself a political prisoner, comparing himself to Nelson Mandela.
Folks: Rod Blagojevich was convicted and sentenced to prison for selling Barack Obama’s Senate seat. He was convicted for lying. He was convicted for shaking down a children’s hospital. He was convicted of 20 counts. He appealed. He lost those appeals. He appealed to the Supreme Court. Twice. He lost those appeals. There was no lack of due process here. Rod Blagojevich was not a political prison. He was a corrupt one, but watch Cooper try to shut him down when Blagojevich claims the criminal justice system is unfair to people like him.
Anderson Cooper rips Blagojevich six new ones in this clip, and ends the interview by calling Blagojevich’s alternate set of facts “just bullshit.” Watch. You can feel the rage emanating from Cooper’s lustrous silver hair.
Hooooooly shit. Anderson Cooper just mopped the floor with Blagojevich, calling him out - literally - on his "bullshit."— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 22, 2020
Watch every second of this.pic.twitter.com/xmkusZrmh4
It was one of those rare times when the Twitter pile-on was 100 percent warranted.
Blagojevich— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) February 22, 2020
1. To completely lack empathy for disenfranchised people to the point of malice until you, yourself, are forcibly placed in the exact same position as the people in question
2. To get your ass handed to you on live TV by Anderson Cooper
Did Anderson Cooper really just call Gov Blagojevich’s claims of innocence “bullshit”?!— Elizabeth Vargas (@EVargasTV) February 22, 2020
“I’d be happy to work with people on criminal justice reform, but I wouldn’t work with you.” - Anderson Cooper to Rod Blagojevich— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 22, 2020
“You do have an obligation to at least admit what you did wrong and you refuse to do that and you’re creating a whole new alternate universe of facts.— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 22, 2020
“And that may be big in politics today but it's still frankly just bullshit,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper tells Rod Blagojevich. pic.twitter.com/P0dRZH7n19
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