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Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Friday evening during his nightly program, calling her interview with a California businessman planning to reopen “dumb.”
Baldwin, who came back on the air this week after contracting coronavirus herself, interviewed Juan Desmarais, who told the host he was planning to reopen his barbershops in spite of ongoing ‘stay-at-home’ orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).
The shop owner defended himself by noting that he and his employees would be engaging in mitigation practices to keep themselves and their customers safe. Also, Desmarais noted there is an economic aspect to his decision as well.
“We’re just trying to get back to work,” he told Baldwin. “My barber’s livelihoods, as well as my own livelihood, is at stake here.”
An additional 3.84 million Americans filed new unemployment claims last week, bringing the total number to around 30.3 million in six weeks, roughly the amount of time governors all over the country first began issuing stay-at-home orders that also required “non-essential” businesses to close.
During her interview, Baldwin pushed back against Desmarais, who said he doesn’t care if he contracts COVID-19 himself.
“Hang on, let me jump in,” Baldwin began, according to a clip Carlson played on his show.
“I think neither of us are doctors and I know there’s a lot of numbers being thrown out. I’ve had it. It was not fun, and I had it way better than a lot of the folks who are on ventilators and about half of the folks put on ventilators don’t make it out of the hospital. So just, I don’t think you want to say, maybe, it’s okay if I get it,” Baldwin said.
Carlson took issue with Baldwin and what he considers her dismissive attitude towards Americans who are suffering economically from continued shutdown orders, which have caused untold numbers of businesses to close permanently.
“Many of America’s small business owners have been pushed absolutely to the limit. They don’t work for the government, and unlike private equity, the system is not rigged in their favor… and they are desperate to get back to work,” he began.
Calling Baldwin “one of the dumber” anchors on her network, Carlson then ripped her for “sham[ing]” Desmarais.
“So the barbershop owner endured that self-righteous scolding from dumb people over at CNN,” Carlson noted.
Later, Carlson brought Desmarais on his program.
“At the top of the hour we told you about a California business owner, he was getting grilled on CNN yesterday after he dared to say he planned to reopen his barbershop, even if he was punished for it. He was lectured by someone with a guaranteed income. Some airhead. Now he says he’s already received a cease and desist order. But he’s continuing forward,” Carlson said.
Desmarais said the order came from the city where his shops are located, and that he’s “definitely” not planning to abide by it.
“I’m going to continue working, I’m going to continue to stay open, my barbers are going to continue to work and they’re going to continue to serve our community,” he said.
At one point Carlson asked the shop owner what he thought about Baldwin’s “pompous lecture” from “someone who will not be out of work when you are out of work.”
“Overall, she definitely had, like, [a] she was better than me tone,” Desmarais said. “I think she does have a secure job, her hair looked amazing. Maybe she’s not in the same boat as I am. We’re all in the same storm together, but we’re definitely not in the same boat.
“I have barbers that are living day-to-day doing undercover garage cuts in unsanitary locations” when they could be working from the shop under more sanitary conditions,” he continued.
Tucker asked Desmarais if he expected to have customers, and the shop owner noted that he and his barbers “are fully booked.”
But he said he also expects police to issue him a citation when he opens Saturday.
“I’m just going to be the scapegoat for the city,” he said.
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