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Anderson Cooper Calls Las Vegas Mayor ‘Ignorant’ During ‘Totally Insane’ Interview: ‘That Makes No Sense’


Anderson Cooper Calls Las Vegas Mayor ‘Ignorant’ During ‘Totally Insane’ Interview: ‘That Makes No Sense’

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper attempted to conduct an interview with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Wednesday afternoon, but the interview quickly went off-the-rails and ended with Cooper condemning Goodman for making “ignorant” statements about Chinese people.

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During the interview, Goodman said she is willing to offer the city as a “control group” if it is allowed to reopen.

When Cooper attempted to show the mayor a graphic illustrating how quickly the virus spreads in confined spaces, Goodman interrupted to make an “ignorant statement,” according to Cooper.

“Chinese researchers have shown how this virus spreads, I just wanna put up for our viewers,” Cooper said. “I just wanna put up for our viewers, this is a restaurant-”

“Anderson, you are tough,” the mayor interjects with a laugh. “This isn’t China, this is Las Vegas, Nevada.”

“Wow, OK, that’s really ignorant,” Cooper responded.

“That’s ignorant to say?” Goodman asked.

“That’s an ignorant, ignorant statement. That’s a restaurant, yes in China, but they are human beings too,” Cooper fired back as he continued to explain the graphic.

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At one point, Cooper called out the mayor for making absolutely “no sense” in arguing for reopening the casinos.

Goodman scoffed at Cooper’s concerns that encouraging tourists and others to fill the casinos would result in hundreds of thousands of people “smoking, drinking, touching slot machines, breathing circulated air.”

“Doesn’t that sound like a virus petri dish?” he asked.

“It sounds like you’re being an alarmist,” Goodman replied.

Late-night television host and former Las Vegas resident Jimmy Kimmel called Goodman an “embarrassment to my hometown.”

“Dear Las @Vegas. It would appear that your @mayoroflasvegas Carolyn Goodman is dangerously misguided. I am not easily shocked anymore, but the interview she is doing with @andersoncooper @cnn right now is bonkers.”

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