Tony Roman, the owner of Basilico’s Pasta E Vino in Huntington Beach, defended his restaurant’s policy during a Wednesday night interview with the CNN anchor.
“It’s not political,” Roman said. “If you come down here, you’re not going to see a Trump flag flying over the roof. You’re not going to see campaign signs, campaign slogans, or political slogans, ever. You’re only going to see pro-freedom messages, and that’s it. And you’re not going to drag me down the hole talking about the science. This is not about whether I’m pro-vaccine or not. I’m pro-freedom and anti-tyranny.”
At one point, Cuomo asked Roman whether the restaurant’s stance was a “joke,” prompting Roman to label it “an IQ test.”
“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 don’t understand it, maybe we should put up a sign that says you’re too stupid to come into the restaurant.’ It’s very simple,” Roman continued. “I think you figured it out. Am I right?”
“I don’t even know what you’re saying right now. Tell me. So what’s the deal?” Cuomo responded.
After a back-and-forth in which Cuomo confirmed he and his family are vaccinated and Roman said he and his family are not, the restaurant owner accused the CNN anchor of “failing the IQ test.”
“What you’re not getting [is] you’re failing the IQ test. What you’re not getting, 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,” Roman added.
During the interview, the restaurant owner referenced Cuomo’s own bout with the coronavirus and criticized the anchor’s brother, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for his handling of the pandemic.
“Why did you leave your house when you had COVID? You had it and out left your house. It’s been documented,” Roman said, later telling the CNN anchor he should “ask [his] brother about protecting people [from COVID-19].”
“First of all, ‘it has been documented.’ My a**, it’s been documented,” Cuomo shot back, adding “people won’t vote for” the incumbent New York governor if he “doesn’t do his job well.”
The CNN anchor told Roman, “You sound like an idiot,” prompting the California business owner to respond, “So do you.”
“Only for having you on the show,” Cuomo shot back. “That was my only mistake.”
Cuomo faced backlash that same month for airing what he claimed was the “very moment” he “emerged” from his basement quarantine despite the fact that he was spotted in public beforehand. The anchor also got into a public feud with a cyclist after a confrontation about Cuomo’s lack of quarantining.
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Original Author: Mike Brest