Watch CNN’s Chris Cuomo Crumble When Confronted By Two Regular Guys Trying To Save Their Business
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo got more than he bargained for when he interviewed the owners of Atilis Gym, Ian Smith, and Frank Trumbetti from Bellmawr, New Jersey.
The gym owners have defied Governor Phil Murphy’s lockdown order and are engaged in a standoff with state officials. The owners recently reopened after breaking down the barricades set up by the New Jersey Department of Health.
“Here’s the problem. You lose here because they are the regulatory authority,” Cuomo said. “And what do you do about $10,000 a day, and what do you do if they want to lock you up because they have the law on their side of keeping people safe during a pandemic?”
The two blasted Murphy for the state’s handling of nursing homes that caused the majority of deaths in the state.
“We’re being villainized as small businesses in general, that we’re responsible for the spread,” Smith said. “But over 50 percent of the deaths are coming from places that are supposed to be under a governor’s control.”
Trumbetti and Smith also disclosed that they have ordered more and have rapid coronavirus tests for those who wish to work out at their gym. Trumbetti said that they haven’t had one case traced back to their gym because of the controls they’ve put in place.
At this point in the interview, the intensity started to increase and Cuomo said, “What you’re saying about long-term care facilities, I’m not questioning it. We did the wrong job by the most vulnerable people. The oldest and the most fragile will die the most in a situation like this, but it doesn’t mean you did it the right way.”
(his brother should know)
Trumbetti got fired up after that and shot back:
“You’re knocking Trump because of the total numbers. Fifty-three point three percent of the deaths come from 0.6 percent of the population,” he yelled. “Bottom line, that’s a f—king stat that nobody’s talking about.”
“I lost my mother from this!” Trumbetti shouted. “She got it in the hospital. You’re barking up the wrong tree!”
In perfect mainstream media fashion, Cuomo threatened Trumbetti warning him not to come out in full support from President Trump because he’ll be “seen as a political actor, you’re going to get treated as a political combatant.”
Trumbetti shrugged it off, “That’s OK with me, because if people didn’t know me for my entire life, I never had a political bone in my body,” he declared. “I thought blue states were bordered by water and red states weren’t.”
Love to see these gym owners dunk on Fredo. pic.twitter.com/T3WmFYuwMz
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 5, 2020