You may remember Rick Santelli. Back in 2009, he went off in an on-the-air rant that signaled the beginning of the Tea Party.
This week, he had another viral moment, where he defended small business owners who are suffering under lockdowns.
His colleague in the studio was defending the closures, but Rick wasn’t having any of it.
The Hill reports:
CNBC fight on COVID-19 restrictions blows up on air
Two CNBC hosts got into an extraordinary early morning fight over COVID-19 restrictions and masks on Friday during a discussion over how restaurants are being devastated by the pandemic.
Rick Santelli, a CNBC personality who won fame and attention in 2009 with a rant from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange suggesting that a tea party should be started during that recession, argued that it didn’t make sense to shut down restaurants when parking lots at big box retailers were jam-packed with cars and people.
“You can’t tell me that shutting down, which is the easiest answer, is the only answer,” Santelli said, which drew an immediate rebuke from another CNBC personality, Andrew Ross Sorkin, who is also a financial columnist for The New York Times and has previously had on-air disputes with colleagues on CNBC over the appropriate precautions to take for COVID-19…
“It’s not science,” Santelli said with exasperation. “Five hundred people in a mall aren’t any safer than 150 people in a restaurant that holds 600. I don’t believe it. Sorry, I don’t believe it. And I live in an area where there are a lot of restaurants that have fought back and they don’t have any problems and they’re open.”
Watch the video below:
Things got absolutely heated on CNBC this morning on the subject of covid-19 lockdowns
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 4, 2020
Don’t you love the part where the dope says it’s science?
My old friend (former friend?) @andrewrsorkin bleating "it's science, it's science," while blocking me from coming on his show to talk about what the science around masks actually says encapsulates everything that is wrong with the way 95% of the media covers #Covid. https://t.co/LA77IaERNu
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) December 4, 2020
The people who are championing lockdowns have no idea what kind of backlash is coming.