Dave Portnoy: ‘Politicians Are Stealing the Basic Right To Earn A Living’

Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he is shutting down indoor dining in New York City, citing an increase in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

Barstool founder Dave Portnoy reacted to the news in a viral rant that has half of Twitter appalled as they head into their stay-at-home weekends.

“How do you expect these people to survive?,” Portnoy asks. “What? Are people going to go out to dinner now in ice cold temperatures? It’s insanity. And this isn’t about corona or how dangerous, and the hospitals, and rising. It’s not. Listen, the vaccine is right around the corner. If you’re health impaired, you’re afraid of it, you’re old — don’t go out. Stay inside for three months. The vaccine is coming, but let people decide.”

At the end, Portnoy hit on the main point: let young and healthy people gauge for themselves their own level of risk.

Governors like Cuomo cite health “risk,” and leave out other considerations, like the economic risk of shutdowns and closings.


Similarly, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s statewide suspension of indoor high school and youth sports will have devastating social and mental consequences for students. Brian Kilmeade succinctly described the situation as “lazy,” which applies to most of the COVID-related demands.

Last month, single mother Larvita McFarquhar described her situation as “horrible financially.” She had to break Minnesota guidelines in order to reopen her self-owned bar and pay her bills. McFarquhar explained that, despite the state taking away her income, her bar’s expensive bills and taxes are still due.

Instead of making proper adjustments and separating those at risk of death from those who aren’t, Democratic decision-makers issue broad demands for everyone.

Except for themselves. They don’t have to follow their own rules.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. Government is officially a parasite in our society. All those bureaucrats and politicians are a cancer. They destroy everything they touch. My French ancestors by now would’ve stormed the castle and bring some to La Bastille.

  2. Haha. I preface this with I own PENN average cost under 20 but haha. For the better part of 2 years I consumed a couple hours of barstool on radio a day and a couple hours video a week. Then about 6 months ago they went woke. The barstool women I guess have to be woke? Liz and the Daddy Girls are just pitiful ass wokies. Kayce who I learned of through clay was great then over the summer she went woke. It’s just awful. Whitlock going on CCK just embarrassed Kayce and Kevin. He just made the look like the intellectual lightweights they are.

    Dave is a lot like Clay. I don’t get Dave’s issues but regardless. His woke disciples make me tap out on him.

    • Liz Gonzalez is a Julie DiCaro/Jemel Hill/Trenni Kusnierek-level loser. She is a talentless crybully who is unlikeable, despises sports fans, and knows less about sports than a typical drunk at a bar. But she will always have a paycheck in the sports media because she’s woke and checks off a couple of diversity boxes.

  3. Same as it ever was. Small businesses are public enemy #1 to the government and big box companies. They won’t rest until everyone on the planet either works for Walmart, Amazon, or the Gov’t.

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