“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade attempted to score political points on Thursday against California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his coronavirus policy, but only managed to irritate co-host Ainsley Earhardt.
Kilmeade grumbled about the closures, which Newsom ordered after tens of thousands of people flocked to the seashore last weekend.
“To go ahead and say, ‘I’m closing the beaches. I didn’t like the way you acted last week,’ when most of that state is perfectly fine, just some congested areas aren’t, this is the foundation for an overreach,” Kilmeade said.
Earhardt was more sympathetic to the governor’s plight, arguing that his main job at this point is flattening the curve and minimizing deaths.
“The governors have to make tough decisions, because they don’t want a relapse in all of this. That wouldn’t make them look good,” she added. “Their residents would be dying!”
Earhardt then tried to put a personal spin on the issue by revealing that her mother is very sick and at high risk should she contract the coronavirus.
“My mom is very sick,” Earhardt said. “And as much as I want to go out, … I still want everyone to play by the rules, because when I finally do get to go home to visit her … ”
Kilmeade then interrupted her. “But is your mom going to the beach?” he asked.
Earhardt didn’t look impressed one bit, but gamely attempted to explain her situation in terms he might ― fingers crossed ― comprehend.
“No, but Brian, you know, eventually she’s going to be around family again,” Earhardt said. “I understand both sides, I really do. I just don’t want a resurgence of this. You know, I just don’t want us to go through all of this. It’s been — it’s been hard for everyone at different levels.”
You can watch the exchange below.
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