Tony Roman is the owner of Huntington Beach, California restaurant Basilico’s Pasta E Vino where he’s made headlines for implementing a rule that only individuals who haven’t received a Wuhan coronavirus vaccine are allowed to patronize his establishment. For one reason or another, Chris Cuomo decided to have Roman on his CNN show Wednesday night and things, presumably, did not go how Cuomo expected.
Instead of being able to shame Roman, as was Cuomo’s likely intention, the script was flipped. “The whole reason this is happening is because people won’t protect themselves,” Cuomo claimed of the Delta variant’s spread. “Tony, I mean, what are you thinking?”
“Then why did you leave your house when you had COVID?” Roman responded. “I mean you had it, and you left your house, it’s been documented.”
“My ass it’s been documented,” retorted Cuomo. “I quarantined, I went out, my wife got accosted by somebody,” he added. “The science is clear Tony, I don’t want you to get sick the way I was sick,” said Cuomo of the science he was caught ignoring while gallivanting around the Hamptons during his quarantine — but more on that later.
“I don’t like people making bad decisions for themselves and their family. I was hoping it was a little bit of a stunt,” said Cuomo of Roman’s rule. “You have the freedom not to take the vaccine, I just don’t know why you think it’s a good move.”
Roman pushed back on Cuomo’s decision to invoke protecting families by suggesting “maybe we should ask your brother [New York Governor Andrew Cuomo] about protecting people, right?” more