Santelli to Mitchell: ‘you pick sides. Everybody picks sides.’
Rick Santelli, the CNBC analyst whose glorious rant led to the creation of the Tea Party movement, created another memorable TV moment today.
On Meet the Press, reacting to reports that the Russians were happy on Election Night because Trump won, Santelli said to Andre Mitchell: “on Election Night, I never saw you so unhappy. You pick sides. Everybody picks sides.” An indignant Mitchell, protecting her [illusory] reputation for objectivity, shot back: “That’s not true, Rick. That’s just not true.” Sure, Andrea.
Note: What makes Santelli’s shot at Mitchell particularly noteworthy is that he was willing to call out for her bias a fellow member of the NBC/CNBC family who is theoretically an objective reporter. And since Rick likely knows Mitchell in her off-camera, more candid moments, he probably has good reason to know where her sentiments lay. Not that her on-camera comments leave much doubt that she leans politically to port.
RICK SANTELLI: To see Russians happy because Trump won, on Election Night, I never saw you so unhappy. You pick sides. Everybody picks sides.
ANDREA MITCHELL: That’s not true, Rick. That’s just not true.
CHUCK TODD: Who picks sides? Who picks sides, Rick?
MITCHELL: Let’s get back to the facts here.