The 9 Most Epic Rick Santelli Flip Outs Of All Time


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CNBC’s colourful and outspoken correspondent Rick Santelli never ceases to amaze with his epic rants and on air meltdowns.Santelli, who is perhaps most famous for his February 2009 “Tea Party” rant, recently blew up at CNBC colleague Steve Liesman over the fiscal cliff issue and walked off camera on live television.  Talk about making some great TV! 

We’ve compiled some of our favourite Santelli’s flip-outs and on air antics of all time. 

He is best known for his famous 'Tea Party' rant from February 2009 when he expressed his outrage over people subsidizing their loser neighbour's mortgages. CME traders then started applauding in the background.

Last week, Santelli flipped out at Steve Liesman over two op-eds in the WSJ. Santelli told Liesman, 'Don't give me the switcheroo!' and later said 'I can't even talk about it anymore' and walked off camera on live TV.

And there's also that time Santelli told Liesman he fights 'like a girl.' Oh yes he did. (near the 2:09 minute mark)

One time Santelli and NYTimes columnist Thomas Friedman called each other 'idiotic' while talking about Social Security.

In June 2010, Santelli had his 'STOP SPENDING! STOP SPENDING! STOP SPENDING! STOP SPENDING! STOP SPENDING!' meltdown. He also told Liesman to 'read some Austrian economists instead of the funny pages.'

He has interesting ways of expressing his frustration. In February, he smashed watermelons with comedian Gallagher at the CME over the growing deficit.

Santelli seems to like to start his own revolutions. Back in April 2012, Santelli, who enjoys being a mechanic as a hobby, converted a F-150 truck so it could run on natural gas as part of his natural gas revolution. CNBC even played it in elapsed time.

He also started going completely Glenn Beck on us by using a whiteboard for his rants. Beck, of course, is known for his famous blackboard.

A year ago, he said he wouldn't rule out running for President. 'Squawk Box' host Joe Kernen asked Santelli if he'd consider running for president. He responded: 'I wouldn't rule it out...I don't know if the country is ready because if I did have the job I'd have one term and we'd do it my way!'

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