CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin and Rick Santelli clashed over coronavirus restrictions, setting off another round of discussion on social media.
The conservative Santelli loudly insisted that bars and restaurants, which are shut down in many areas, were no more dangerous than large retailers, which have mostly been allowed to stay open, and Sorkin cut him off.
“Rick, just as a public-health and public-service announcement for the audience, the difference between a big-box retailer and a restaurant or, frankly, even a church, are so different it’s unbelievable,” Sorkin said, as Santelli kept interrupting. “Going into a big-box retailer, you’re wearing a mask.”
Santelli, whose on-air rant helped birth the Tea Party and who recently urged viewers to speed up herd immunity by purposefully getting infected with COVID-19, started screaming.
“I disagree!" Santelli shouted. "I disagree! I disagree! You can have your thoughts and I can have mine!”
The disagreement provoked strong reactions on Twitter.
Is there a reason CNBC hasn’t fired Rick Santelli? Because that should definitely be handled before noon. https://t.co/fcD6pW3qt6— Joe Patrice (@Joe Patrice)1607099746.0
Please disregard everything Rick Santelli says in this video clip. No matter how much he screams anecdotal observat… https://t.co/2C54rrNrwS— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@Dr. Angela Rasmussen)1607102115.0
Jesus Christ @CNBC @SquawkCNBC Rick Santelli is fucking unhinged. Get him the fuck off the air. Psychopath.— TheRegularGuy (@TheRegularGuy)1607089520.0
Rick Santelli is going to give himself a damn heart attack. Looks at the veins bulging on red-raged face! Simpl… https://t.co/F6TAjYT89H— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1607102649.0
Hard to overstate how much Rick Santelli sucks and how much damage he has done with these rage-filled one man shows… https://t.co/19UNnjRmGG— Tommy Vietor (@Tommy Vietor)1607099510.0
Rick Santelli was the inspiration for the ridiculously racist Tea Party that sprung up during the Obama administrat… https://t.co/9ofq1Gbntm— (((RuggedAmethyst))) (@(((RuggedAmethyst))))1607102618.0
“You can have your thoughts and I can have mine” is code for “I know my argument is bullshit and my feelings will b… https://t.co/yLJpMJXT7j— Brandon Margolis (@Brandon Margolis)1607101037.0
Love it when America gets an occasional reminder that Rick Santelli is a fucking lunatic https://t.co/f7N90rqVON— Jordan Weissmann (@Jordan Weissmann)1607099419.0
🔥”It’s the science!” ~@CNBC’s @andrewrsorkin utterly schools #COVIDIOT Rick Santelli for falsely minimizing the ris… https://t.co/xZjL6j55pK— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@Dena Grayson, MD, PhD)1607097775.0
Dear Rick Santelli on @SquawkCNBC people in a box retail store don’t take their masks off! Sitting down eating with… https://t.co/vNVoadstF7— Marianne Ryan (@Marianne Ryan)1607089476.0
Wear a mask. Social distance. Buy local. Help your neighbor. Don't be a Rick Santelli. https://t.co/bXwFlj1eUi— Ben Hunt (@Ben Hunt)1607103922.0
Rick Santelli somehow channeling the collective energy of every bad-at-politics-uncle we all thought we got to avoi… https://t.co/tkFEBSMWK5— LA Banker (@LA Banker)1607102142.0
#CNBC needs to put Rick Santelli in timeout, His meltdown is not only embarrassing for the network but dangerous fo… https://t.co/KmmtwE6olG— Jay (@Jay)1607099906.0