(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) says there's no reason for Americans to be standing in long lines for food when there is no shortage of it in this country.
Nunes blamed the media for stoking panic that produces crowded grocery stores at a time when health experts are urging all of us to avoid crowds:
"These media freaks don't have a clue what's going on out in the real world," Nunes told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night.
We have a problem out here because we have people standing in line for 45 minutes at Costco. What I was saying is, you have empty restaurants. You can go through the drive-thru or do take-out. It's a great place to go.
The media freaks can do what they want. They are endangering lives here by continuing this panic when we have no food shortage in this country. The farmers of America produce an abundant food supply. We have more food than we can eat in this country. And We have to stop panicking and ensure that people know they don't have to wait in a line at Costco for 30, 45 minutes. They need to stay calm.
Nunes represents a largely agricultural district in California.
Examples of media hysteria play out daily on television, especially on the liberal cable networks.
Here are just two examples:
On CNN Monday night, anchor Chris Cuomo interviewed his brother, Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York.
Here's one snippet, the gist of which is -- when you need help, you probably won't get it:
"They all talk about flattening the curve," Gov. Cuomo said. "I don't see a curve. I see a wave. And the wave is going to break on the health care system, and I am telling you, my little brother, it is going to be a tsunami.
You take any numerical projections on any of the models and our health care system has no capacity to deal with it. We in New York have 3,000 ICU beds. In case you don't understand, intensive care unit beds.
We already use 60. We need multiples of that. You're talking about thousands because the people who are going to come in are the older people with the underlying illnesses, E emphysema, heart disease, et cetera. They need acute care. We don't have those beds.
What I'm saying now is, we've been behind this disease all along. Let's get ahead of it. Let's get ahead of it and let's bring in the Army Corps of Engineers and let's start building temporary medical facilities, because we know we're going to need them. As many as we produce, if we started today -- as many as we can produce.
"Too scary," Chris Cuomo responded. He meant it would be "too scary," from the administration's point of view, to call out the Army Corps of Engineers.
Also on Monday, CNN's Jim Sciutto tweeted that the Trump administration was considering a nationwide curfew to reduce the spread of coronavirus. "This is not correct," Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence, replied to the CNN anchor's tweet.