CNN’s Anderson Cooper interview with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Wednesday went off he rails.
Goodman is calling for casinos, hotels and restaurants to reopen in Vegas given the huge loss of jobs and revenue.
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“This isn’t China. This is Las Vegas, Nevada…”
“Wow, that’s really ignorant.”
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“Doesn’t that sound like a virus Petri dish? How is that safe?”
“It sounds like you are being alarmist. I am not. I have lived a long life.”
Cooper then asked her about social distancing and how that would be done in a casino…?
“That is up to them to figure out. I don’t own a casino. I don’t know anything about building a casino…
I am not a private owner. That is the competition in this country. The free enterprise will be able to make sure that what you offer the public meets the needs of the public.”
At one point during the interview, Cooper took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes in disbelief. Goodman suggested that the city had survived previous outbreaks without the need for closures.
“I’d love everything open because we’ve had viruses for years that have been here.”
She noted that Vegas metro area has had 150 deaths out of a population of 2.3 million, saying,
“You have to open up. You have to go back.”
“But hasn’t it been because of social distancing that the numbers have been what they are?”
But it wasn’t all bad blood. Goodman said at one point,
“You’re a very good interviewer. I have watched you for years, and you are wonderful. And I’m not going down that road. I am sticking for what I am asking for.”
Later, Cooper said that Goodman’s comments were a
“surprise. It was not how I expected the interview to go.
He said that she “has no authority over casinos and what happens on the Strip. But she takes no responsibility. I was surprised I guess that she’s not really working on testing or contact tracing or doing anything it seems like other mayors are to try to ramp up the availability of testing.”
Goodman’s view of the coronavirus restrictions are in contrast Clark County, NV. On Tuesday they tweeted out a warning about potential fines.
Violations of orders during the effective dates of a declared state of emergency will be punishable by— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) April 21, 2020
suspension or revocation of a business license, by imposition of a fine of up to $1000 per violation per day, or as a criminal misdemeanor. https://t.co/99ktshOBJb
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.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 22, 2020
Jimmy Kimmel, a native of the Vegas, tweeted,
“Dear Las Vegas. It would appear that your mayor Carolyn Goodman is dangerously misguided. I am not easily shocked anymore, but the interview she is doing with @andersoncooper @cnn right now is bonkers.”