Gov. Ed Rendell Has Meltdown On 60 Minutes, Suggests Lesley Stahl Is A “Simpleton”
In case you missed it, Governor Ed Rendell was interviewed by Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes and he demonstrated his apparently “infamous temper” over a harmless question about casino gambling. Rendell’s anger and teeth-grinding even got the attention of local Pennsylvania news affiliates. Stahl asked whether legalization of gambling in Pennsylvania would have a harmful impact on gambling addicts, to which Rendell aggressively argued that gamblers will find a way to gamble no matter what.
The heated exchange:
Rendell: “Well, if they were going to lose it anyway, let’s get the upside. . . . You’re a very smart person.”
Stahl: “But not now.”
Rendell: “But you’re not getting it.”
Stahl: “I’m dumb now.”
Rendell: “You’re not getting it. Those people would lose that money anyway. Don’t you understand? You guys don’t get that. You’re simpletons. You’re idiots if you don’t get that.”
The Governor’s office provided a statement after the interview that he feels strongly about many issues, and clearly from this clip, none more so than slot machines and gambling.
Watch the clip from Fox affiliate in Philadelphia WTXF below:
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