Trump-Loving CNBC Editor Proposes ‘Infecting Everyone With Coronavirus And Get It Over With’
CNBC editor Rick Santelli, who in 2009 launched a wild tirade on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange against President Barack Obama’s proposed bailout for homeowners and inspired the rise of the tea party movement, has sparked outrage after suggesting on live television that “we’d just be better off” if everyone were “deliberately infected with the coronavirus.”
Santelli, a self-described- Trump supporter, was speaking about the effect the outbreak was having on global stock markets on Thursday’s broadcast of “The Exchange,” when he delivered his dangerous proposal:
“Think about how the world would be if you tried to quarantine everybody because of the generic-type flu. Now, I’m not saying this is the generic-type flu, but maybe we’d just be better off if we gave it [the coronavirus] to everybody and then in a month it would be over, because the mortality rate of this probably isn’t going to be any different if we did it that way than the long-term picture. But the difference is we’re wreaking havoc on global and domestic economies.”
Watch the video below, posted on Twitter:
Rick Santelli on @CNBC
Maybe we should give EVERYONE #coronavirus so we can get it "over with"
— Jerrie (@CerrieJerrie) March 5, 2020
More than 3,300 deaths worldwide have been attributed to the outbreak, with 12 in the U.S.