Nunes: Media Freaks Misinterpreted Restaurant Comments
Over the weekend, health professionals pleaded with Americans to stay away from crowded places like restaurants and bars during the COVID-19 crisis. White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said there needed to be a dramatic reduction in the amount of people visiting these establishments.
California congressman Devin Nunes, however, told Fox News viewers that it was a great time to visit their favorite pub. Following heavy criticism, Nunes appeared on Sean Hannity’s show on Monday to blame “media freaks” for misconstruing his comments.
Hannity said to Nunes that the lawmaker was, “hammered because you said you want to support a local restaurant.”
Nunes replied, “These media freaks don’t have a clue what’s going on out in the real world. We have a problem out here because we have people standing in line for 45 minutes at Costco. And so what I was saying is you have empty restaurants, you can go through the drive-thru or do take-out. It’s a great place to go.”
During his weekend interview, Nunes made no mention of take out. He said that people could, “get in easily.”
The congressman continued, “The media freaks can do it they want, but they’re endangering lives here by continuing this panic when we have no food shortage in this country. The farmers of America produce an abundant food supply. We have more food than we can eat in this country and we ought to stop panicking and ensure that people know they don’t have to wait in a line at Costco for 30, 45 minutes, they need to stay calm.”