In a fiery exchange that set CNN’s studio ablaze, Kevin O’Leary, famed host of Shark Tank and savvy entrepreneur, sparked controversy with his unwavering support for former President Donald Trump. The clash erupted during an interview with CNN anchor Laura Coates on Monday, March 18, as they delved into the legal skirmish initiated by New York Attorney General Letitia James against Trump.

The battleground? AG James’ threat to seize Trump’s assets if he fails to meet a staggering $464 million judgment by March 25. O’Leary wasted no time in unleashing a verbal onslaught, decrying the move as a dire signal to the world, proclaiming, “What a great message to send out all around the world.”

Fueled by righteous indignation, O’Leary blasted the notion of penalizing Trump for a crime where no tangible losses occurred, lambasting the decision as a stain on America’s reputation as a safe haven for business. “A horrible message,” he exclaimed, his words punctuated by Coates’ escalating frustration.

As Coates struggled to maintain control, O’Leary persisted, denouncing the judgment as an assault on the principles of justice. But the tempestuous debate didn’t end there. Economics and politics commentator Catherine Rampell waded into the fray, casting doubt on O’Leary’s defense of what she deemed “fraud and lies.”

O’Leary, undeterred by the onslaught, doubled down on his condemnation of the ruling, branding New York a “loser state” mired in policies detrimental to growth and investment. His scathing critique extended beyond partisan lines, emphasizing the chilling effect such legal overreach could have on future investments in the state.

“Forget about the Trump factor,” O’Leary asserted, his voice a clarion call against what he perceived as judicial overreach. “It’s an atrocity. It’s an embarrassment, but it’s an assault on real estate.”

In the aftermath of the Trump ruling, O’Leary’s words reverberated, casting a shadow over New York’s economic landscape. His staunch defense of Trump, coupled with his scathing critique of the legal proceedings, served as a rallying cry for those wary of governmental overreach and its chilling effect on investment.

As the dust settled, one thing became abundantly clear: O’Leary’s unapologetic stance had ignited a firestorm of debate, leaving CNN reeling in its wake.