“They are human beings,” the Fox host reminded the Treasury Secretary.
Fox News’ Neil Cavuto fiercely criticized Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s suggestion that soaring claims for unemployment benefits are “not relevant” at this stage of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Record numbers of almost 3.3 million Americans filed for financial help last week as employers nationwide shuttered businesses in a bid to stop the spread of the virus that has forced almost one-fifth of the world’s population into lockdown.
Mnuchin told CNBC Thursday morning he thought “these numbers right now are not relevant, and you know, whether they’re bigger or smaller in the short term.” Cavuto fired back at the tone of Mnuchin’s comments on his Fox Business show “Cavuto Coast to Coast.”
Well, Mr. Secretary, they are relevant to those people. Those are 3 and a quarter million Americans that don’t have jobs anymore. Now, you might look at them as an aberration or whatever. But they matter to those people because, you know what? They don’t have jobs.
“Tone is everything and I think that’s a very dismissive, condescending, just a dumbass tone,” Cavuto added.
Fox Business correspondent Charlie Gasparino agreed. “I mean, it is just horrible,” he said.
“You’ve got to choose your words very carefully,” Cavuto later added. “They are human beings who are desperately looking for something.”
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