Bondi Fakes Fake News Correspondent
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A fake news correspondent from the Daily Show failed to catch Attorney General Pam Bondi off guard.
Asked Thursday by Aasif Mandvi, a correspondent for the Comedy Central’s fake news program, if she was willing to submit to a drug urine test, Bondi handed him a pre-filled plastic cup.
Her name was on a label.
“I’m always prepared,” Bondi told Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi.
The two were circled by members of the Tallahassee Press Corps following a media conference in the Cabinet conference room where she and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam had just voiced opposition to the destination gaming bill.
Mandvi, who disrupted the Q&A portion of Gov. Rick Scott’s budget presentation a day earlier to make a similar request, would later declare the liquid from Bondi “apple juice.”
The Daily Show has targeted the state since the Legislature approved a law earlier this year to require welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to qualify for benefits.
The faux news program received a better reception in the Capitol from Democrats, as evidenced by the minority party sending tweets out on Thursday of Mandvi interviewing Reps. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, and Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg.
Meanwhile, Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, praised Bondi, but also lamented that he missed the correspondent.
Grant tweeted “Not sure how I avoided @Aasif's "pee in a cup ambush" as such a loyal fan of @thedailyshow. Kudos to @PamBondi's @http://bit.ly/v4IHI5”
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