Blagojevich woudn’t back down, and noted Cooper brought up Mandela.
“What I’m saying is, I was thrown in prison and spent nearly eight years in prison for practicing politics — for seeking campaign contributions without a quid pro quo. No express quid pro quo — and I was given the same standards Senator (Robert) Menendez was given,” Blagojevich said. “I could very well have been in the US Senate instead of where I was.”
Cooper said Blagojevich’s “argument doesn’t hold up.” Cooper later said Blagojevich was using a “whole new alternate universe of facts”
“That may be big in politics today but it’s still frankly just bulls—,” Cooper said.
“It’s not bulls—, I lived it myself, it’s not bulls— at all,” Blagojevich said.