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Far-left CNN host Chris Cuomo, a man known for shouting down his guests, was far more docile Wednesday while speaking with two gym owners recently thrust into the spotlight. But they tested his patience and things got tense.
Frank Trumbetti and Ian Smith, the owners of Atilis Gym, have faced nonstop government harassment over their to decision to reopen despite New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s draconian decree that gyms remain closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Note that the two initially shut down their gym for two months. But after Murphy chose to be one of a handful of extremely stubborn governors — including North Carolina’s Roy Cooper — to keep gyms closed in perpetuity, the two decided they’d had enough.
Speaking with Cuomo late Wednesday on CNN, the two tried to explain why.
Watch the first half of the informative discussion below:
It was a fascinating discussion because Cuomo, though still opinionated, was far less combative than usual, likely, in part, because he’s a fitness enthusiast himself.
So much so that he didn’t even push back when the two gym owners rightly noted that the majority of coronavirus deaths in America have happened because of nursing homes, not because of gyms.
“In New Jersey alone, from June, the percentage of total deaths in New Jersey in long term care facilities was 42.3 percent. You would think they have control of it, because they don’t let anyone into the facilities since March 13th. …,” they said.
“We’re being villainized as small businesses in general, that we’re responsible for the spread, but over 50 percent of the deaths are coming from places that are supposed to be under a governor’s control.”
In response, Cuomo — who’s spent months glossing over and covering up the same debacle as it pertains to his older brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who’s presided over even more nursing home deaths than Murphy — said he agrees.
“I think you guys have a good case. … What you’re saying about long term care facilities, I’m not questioning it. We did the wrong job by the most vulnerable people,” he said.
That was a huge admission — one that took months to obtain, that required the help of two very buff gym bros and that sounded quite different from the Cuomo seen below:
I get they’re brothers, but JFC. @ChrisCuomo you couldn’t have said, “The way you were the only governor stupid and incompetent enough to put Covid-positive patients in nursing homes…I’ve never been more proud.” #Cuomo #CNN pic.twitter.com/F2CCJkV1oz
— Puppet Pundit (@puppet_pundit) June 25, 2020
Replying to the left-wing host’s admission, the gym owners suddenly uppercut the host with a bombshell fact about President Donald Trump’s own handling of the crisis.
“You’re knocking Trump because of the total numbers. You’re knocking Trump because of the total numbers. 53.3 percent of the deaths come from 0.6 percent of the population, bottom line, that’s a f–king stat that nobody’s talking about!” they exclaimed.
And he was right. Cuomo is always knocking Trump, despite the majority of coronavirus deaths in America stemming from the incompetence of people like his own brother.
Once again, and rather shockingly, the left-wing host replied in a manner completely atypical to how he usually behaves.
“Watch your mouth, we’re on television,” he said rather gently.
That’s it? That’s all he had to say? What happened to the tough-guy Cuomo who threatened to throw a random man down a set of stairs for simply calling him “Fredo”?
Not getting into person’s face, backed up by his bodyguards, spitting and yelling into face of fellow American, that’s respect.
Unlike #FredoCuomo your little brother behaves in public @ChrisCuomo pic.twitter.com/wQNGGnI4LM
— oypy2020 (@oypy2020) May 22, 2020
Cuomo continued by saying that he’s “not blaming the president for the pandemic” (which was a lie) but rather that he’s just saying “there’s a lot more they could be doing.”
“If the government would be doing what you’re doing in your gym, we would be in a different place. If they were killing themselves to figure out the best way to test, we would be in a different place,” he argued.
The gym owners replied by pointing out that the same applies to governors like Murphy (and Cuomo).
“We’re being blamed by the governor for being reckless, when we’re doing more than what he does in long term care facilities. It’s out of control. It’s all that happens is conclusionary statements with no science and data to back up that our gym or any small business for that matter is more responsible for the deaths and spread of COVID,” they said.
Listen to the rest of the discussion below:
The gym owners’ remarks set off an argument that ended as quickly as it began.
Cuomo: “All I’ll say — I don’t think death is the right metric.”
Gym owners: “Cases aren’t the right metric? What is the right metric? Healthy people are not dying.”
Cuomo: “That’s not true.”
Gym owners (Trumbetti): “I lost my mother from this. … She got it in the hospital. You’re barking up the wrong tree.”
And once again Cuomo transformed into a docile puppy.
“I’m very sorry about that, and I’m sorry she got that. …. I’m sorry about you losing your mother. I’m sure you can understand that. I don’t want to blame anyone,” he said.
Except that’s certainly not the story he tells when he’s talking to virtually anybody else in America save for these two very buff gym owners.
The discussion eventually concluded with Cuomo making one tiny tough-guy remark.
“I don’t want to see you guys wind up in court to do this. You’re showing yourselves to be politicized on this. I didn’t mention the president,” he said.
The suggestion was that the two should have kept Trump out of their mouths.
“I am the least political person,” the gym owners (Trumbetti) replied.
“You brought this up in this interview, and it had no place in it. So that wasn’t on me. That was on you. I’m just saying be careful, because if you get seen as a political actor, then you’ll get treated as a political combatant, and I don’t know that you want that,” Cuomo pressed.
Trumbetti ended the interview by saying, “That’s okay with me, because … I never had a political bone in my body. I couldn’t give two craps about politics.”
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