CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday night welcomed on a pair of New Jersey gym owners who have become a cause célèbre on the right for defying their state’s coronavirus restrictions, and the interview soon devolved into profanity-laced shoutfest. Over the past few months, Atilis Gym owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti have been engaged in a standoff with government officials over the state’s guidelines lockdown orders, appearing on Fox News several times to build up support for their cause. Since first reopening in May in violation of New Jersey restrictions, their gym has been repeatedly shut down, and the two men were arrested last week. Undeterred, the owners broke into their closed gym this past Saturday, dramatically kicking in plywood boards and ushering dozens of clients into the building to work out. Noting that the state’s attorney general is recommending a fine of up to $10,000 a day for the owners and possible jail time for defying the health orders, Cuomo brought on Smith and Trumbetti in order to debate them on the legal merits. And while the conversation was started off fairly cordial, it flew off the rails when it shifted to the danger the coronavirus presented to… Read full this story
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