Anderson Cooper tells Blagojevich to his face in fiery interview: I wouldn't work with you (VIDEO)
Anderson Cooper went after former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, calling his statements "bullshit" after President Donald Trump decided to commute his sentence recently.
As soon as Blagojevich referred to himself as a "political prisoner," that was all it took for him to set the record straight. He said, “Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner. Political prisoners have no due process and are unjustly jailed.”
“Look, I have no problem with you getting out. The president can commute whoever he wants. 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 bullshit.”
Then things started to get really heated:
Blagojevich: And, then I hope maybe one day you'll join me in the fight to reform our criminal justice system and actually do something about the system of over-sentencing blacks and latinos. I learned that when I was there.
Cooper: What's sad is, you hadn't actually learned that when you mattered, when you actually were the governor. You talk about working for the criminal justice reform? There's a lot of people in Illinois who actually spit up when you say that. When you were governor, and actually in power, and could have helped thousands of people with clemency cases, you blew it off.
Cooper: I'd be happy to work with people on criminal justice reform, but I wouldn't work with you.