CNBC’s Rick Santelli and Steve Liesman on Friday got into a heated exchange while discussing the so-called “fiscal cliff,” specifically on the topic of “fairness” and higher taxes for the wealthy.
“Why does he need to pump up his base and go on the road?” Santelli began, referring to President Obama’s decision to go to Pennsylvania to discuss tax breaks rather than, you know, sit down with Congressional leaders. “He won!”
Liesman agreed with Santelli, noting that the president “doesn’t owe” his base anything and that he should really be more concerned with “his economic legacy.”
“You want to get rid of the fiscal cliff uncertainty,” said Liesman.
But it was when Liesman started talking about “extracting more” from the wealthy and businesses that Santelli started to get annoyed. Really annoyed.
Santelli started by citing a Wall Street Journal op-ed illustrating his point, to which Liesman responded with a different Wall Street Journal op-ed illustrating his point.
“Don’t give me the switcheroo!” Santelli bellowed. “I’m not talking about that one, I’m talking about the one below it.”
Santelli finally had enough.
“I can’t even talk about it anymore,” he snapped, tossing his papers into the air and storming off camera.
“He’s gone,” one of Santelli’s CNBC colleagues muttered:
(H/T: Mediaite). Featured image courtesy Getty Images.
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