Rep. Devin Nunes fired back at media critics and accused them of “endangering lives” by creating panic over the coronavirus pandemic.
The California Republican responded on “Hannity” Monday to the backlash he received after he urged Americans to remain calm and to patronize local restaurants so as to “not hurt the working people in this country” who are being adversely affected by the drop in business.
(Source: Fox News)
“I know you got hammered because you said you wanted to support a local restaurant,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said to Nunes on Monday. “The good news is, I can tell you, these restaurants are delivering, taking care of their customers in other ways.”
“These media freaks don’t have a clue what’s going on out in the real world,” the House Intelligence Committee member replied.
“We have a problem out here because we have people standing in line for 45 minutes at Costco. And so what I was saying is you have empty restaurants, you can go through the drive-thru or you can do take-out. It’s a great place to go,” he added, clarifying his remarks made to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Nunes had urged Americans to “stop panicking” and take sensible precautions amid the spread of COVID-19.
“There’s a lot of concerns with the economy here because people are scared to go out, but I will just say one of the things you can do — if you’re healthy, you and your family it’s a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant, likely you can get in easily,” he said Sunday. “Let’s not hurt the working people in this country that are relying on wages and tips to keep their small business going. Just don’t run to the grocery store and buy, you know, $4,000 of food.”
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The GOP lawmaker was slammed by liberals who accused him of contradicting advice from health experts and even Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of Trump’s task force.
He condemned the “media freaks” again while reiterating that America is not facing a food shortage.
“The media freaks can do it they want, but they’re endangering lives here by continuing this panic when we have no food shortage in this country,” he said.
“The farmers of America produce an abundant food supply. We have more food than we can eat in this country and we ought to stop panicking and ensure that people know they don’t have to wait in a line at Costco for 30, 45 minutes,” Nunes added. “They need to stay calm.”
Hannity noted that he had no problem getting the groceries he needed over the weekend as workers continually restocked shelves.
“The only thing I couldn’t get was toilet paper and paper towels or Purell. Everything else was there,” he said. “Why does everyone want toilet paper and paper towels? I don’t get it.”
“I went to restaurants all weekend, picked up food, said hello to my friends that run these businesses,” Hannity added. “Just telling them that I am offering their support.”
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