‘It’s a great time to go out’: California Republican Devin Nunes talks about life amid the coronavirus pandemic


That’s congressman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Fox News early Sunday giving a green light to the American people that flies in the face of what experts have been urging.

“Let’s not hurt the working people in this country that are relying on wages and tips to keep their small business going,” Nunes, the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo. “So don’t run to the grocery store and buy, you know, $4,000 of food – go to your local pub.”

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Meanwhile, on another network, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, offered up a completely different take: “I would like to see a dramatic diminution of the personal interaction that we see in restaurants and in bars,” he told CNN. “Whatever it takes to do that, that is what I would like to see.”

Numerous municipalities, including Chicago on Sunday, moved to limit the size of an assembled crowds, including at taverns and restaurants.

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Nunes’s comments were met with backlash on social media, including this message from one science blogger to his 616,000 followers on Twitter :