In a heated interview this Friday with Rod Blagojevich, CNN’s Anderson Cooper had a hard time concealing his anger while discussing President Trump’s recent commutation of the former Illinois governor’s prison sentence.
Blagojevich described himself as a “political prisoner,” even comparing himself to Nelson Mandela, saying that political prisoners “have no due process and are unjustly jailed.”
Cooper, clearly growing impatient with Blagojevich’s characterization of his story, finally laid into him with what he saw as rank hypocrisy.
“Look, I have no problem with you getting out. The president can commute whoever he wants,” Cooper said. “I just think — I wish — you’re besmirching prosecutors who actually are no longer in government, but prosecutors are important in our system and you are going after the very basis of our justice system, which has plenty of problems but, you know, part of the thing is you got out, 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 and that may be big in politics today but it’s still frankly just bullsh*t.”
Watch the full exchange below:
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) February 22, 2020