CNN host Chris Cuomo was ripped to shreds during an interview with a California restaurant owner, causing the fake news host to stutter and swear on live television.
Tony Roman, owner of Italian restaurant Basilico’s Pasta e Vino in Huntington Beach, California, called Chris Cuomo out for his hypocrisy after the CNN host attempted to scold him about COVID.
Cuomo had Roman on his show after the restaurant owner went viral for posting a front-door sign requiring that patrons provide “proof of being UNvaccinated.”
The sign also states: “We have zero tolerance for treasonous, anti-American stupidity.”
Basilico’s Pasta e Vino in Huntington Beach is requiring diners provide "proof of being unvaccinated," despite the current uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. https://t.co/Xb45Pv5Quy
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Here’s a clip of part of the interview:
REPORT: California restaurant owner annihilates Chris Cuomo live on-air, leaving the CNN host stuttering, embarrassed and swearing.pic.twitter.com/6IaU6ql3mL
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The Full Interview
The CNN host started the interview by introducing Roman, and noting that the outspoken restaurant owner had also been in the headlines for other reasons, such as requiring patrons to go maskless inside his restaurant, and putting up a billboard playing on a famous phrase from the movie, The Godfather.
The billboard stated: “Leave the mask, take the cannoli.”
“Of course, it has to be an Italian guy, and he’s using ‘The Godfather,'” Cuomo complains, appearing flustered.
The Blaze reports: “It’s important to point out that in 2019, Cuomo was infamously caught on video threatening to throw a man down a flight of stairs for daring to refer to him as ‘Fredo,’ the weak brother in ‘The Godfather’ — which likely gets under his skin since his older brother is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”
The Interview Heats Up
“Tony, is this a little bit of a joke?” Cuomo asked, referring to the sign requiring patrons to prove that they are unvaccinated. “Can you give me some hope that you really don’t want people to not get vaccinated so they can come to your restaurant?”
Obviously, it is impossible to prove that you are unvaccinated, but the sign is clearly there to make a point.
“That’s a good question. You’re a smart guy,” Roman responded.
“It’s an IQ test,” he continued. “And like I say to people when they ask me, if they’re so blinded with their rage and their hate, I tell them, ‘You know what, if you still don’t understand it, maybe we should put up a sign… that says you’re too stupid to come into the restaurant.’ I mean, it’s very simple… I think you figured it out, am I right?”
Cuomo and Roman then begin arguing about each others’ vaccination status, with Roman telling Cuomo that he’s “failing the IQ test… which I expected. What you’re not getting is that this is not an anti-vaccine stand; it’s a pro-freedom stand. That’s what you’re not getting.”
The CNN host then tries to assert the importance of “the science” regarding COVID, to which Roman responds: “So what’s next then? Are we all gonna lock ourselves in our homes whenever there’s a flu outbreak? Or there’s an outbreak of the common cold? … Wear a moonsuit? I mean, where does it end?”
“The whole reason this is happening is because people won’t protect themselves, Tony. I mean, what are you thinkin’?” Cuomo snaps.
“Then why did you leave your house when, when you had COVID? I mean, you had it, and you left your house. I mean, it’s been documented,” Roman said.
“First of all, it has been documented — my ass it’s been documented,” Cuomo stutters, obviously shaken by being called out.
The CNN host then briefly attempted to describe his version of the event before saying, “I’m trying to help you, Tony.”
“You’re tryin’ to help me? I’m tryin’ to help you,” Roman replied, adding, “Oh, you care about me all of a sudden, huh?”
“I don’t like people making bad decisions for themselves and their family,” Cuomo says. “I was hopin’ it was a little bit of a stunt. You have the freedom not to take the vaccine. I just don’t know why you don’t think it’s a good move.”
The restaurant owner then drops another devastating attack on Cuomo, discussing his brother’s abysmal COVID response, which led to the preventable deaths of thousands of elderly New York residents.
“Maybe — maybe we should ask your brother about protecting people, right?” Roman asked, referring to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“Hey, look, that’s his job, and if he doesn’t do it well, people won’t vote for him,” Chris Cuomo replied.
The interview continued with more of the same back-and-forth.
“You’re pro-freedom but people can’t wear masks,” Cuomo said. “Tony, it doesn’t make sense. It really doesn’t. I gave you a chance to make the case. I wish you well. I hope your family stays safe.”
“I made my case. You didn’t have much to say. You didn’t have much to say,” Roman shot back.
The argument ended exactly where most people expected it would, with Cuomo insulting someone who disagrees with him.
“I mean, honestly, you sound like an idiot, so there’s not much to say. Tony, good luck with it. See ya,” the CNN host said.
“And so do you,” Roman answered.
Cuomo then attempted another childish insult, stating: “Yeah, only for having you on the show, that was my only mistake.”
After the interview was over, Chris Cuomo spoke directly to his viewers:
“Look, it’s just stupid. ‘I’m pro-freedom’ .. what the hell is he talkin’ about? … He doesn’t want to know the science. This is my problem with the enablers of guys like this. I hate that he’s Italian-American, by the way, ’cause it plays into a stereotype. … The suggestion that somehow there is a strength in the resistance to the science, to the mandate, to ‘being told’: ‘You don’t tell me … I’ll do’ … it just doesn’t make any sense. It is such a false sense of strength … a stupid ethnic stereotype masculine moronic thing to be. You wanna talk about my brother, fine. Fine. I back away from nothing. … but guys like this? I was hoping it was a stunt. It’s not. The joke’s on me, but I’ll tell you what: Don’t be like him.”