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Staten Island Bar Owner Arrest Over COVID-19 Violation is Madness

Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are surging across the U.S. and it is clear that government officials have no idea how to get a hold of it, but it is becoming obvious that—when in doubt—these officials order even more business-killing restrictions, Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” said Thursday.

CNBC reported that there are currently over 100,000 people hospitalized in the U.S., which is the first time the number surpassed 60,000. New York City, for example, has just reached a seven-day average infection rate of 4.76%, which is .02% lower than in May.


The health mandates that have been enforced in the city has clearly not been working as intended, but that will not stop Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio from continuing to crack down on people trying to make a living and feed their families.

One of those people is Danny Presti, the co-owner of Mac’s Public House on Staten Island. He was arrested for allegedly defying coronavirus restrictions in the city and keeping his bar’s indoor service running. One of the violations was operating past Cuomo’s 10 p.m. citywide curfew. Presti was arrested by the city’s sheriff’s office.


“These sheriff’s officers or wannabe cops,” Mark Fonte, one of the lawyers for the bar, told the Associated Press. “This is what happens when little people get a little power.”

Sexton said Presti’s arrest comes after the Democrat-controlled city proved it has no ability whatsoever to control COVID-19, “but wants even more authority, wants even more power now to make you submit…to make you obey.”

Sexton said he spoke with one of Presti’s lawyers who pointed out that other businesses are opened about two blocks away because they’re in a different color zone.

“This is bull crap,” Sexton said. “That’s what it is. There’s no signs to justify this. There’s no, ‘Oh, look at the data.’”

Sexton said that the businesses that are two blocks away get to open and the workers there can feed their families.

Sexton, who has been a critic of state responses to the virus, asked, “Do you think that’s [these restrictions] worked so far? Do you think that stopped this? They just keep trying to constrict, keep trying to put more pressure and just squeeze down on this…it doesn’t work. It’s obvious it doesn’t work.”

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