Unable to handle the surge in COVID-19 deaths in New York throughout the past year, Governor Andrew Cuomo resorted to aimlessly blame the “incompetent government” (the Trump administration), instead of addressing his humungous Nursing Home Policy that caused a whopping 8,700 elderly patient deaths.
In an appearance on MSNBC, Cuomo accused former President Donald Trump of mishandling the pandemic, saying: “Incompetent government kills people. More people died than needed to die in COVID. That’s the truth.” The assertion, which Cuomo later repeated on CNN, was slammed by critics who pointed out the hugely problematic March mandate for nursing homes to accept “medically stable” coronavirus patients.
“This clown bro. Does he seriously not consider what happened with the nursing homes in NY a complete incompetent disaster??” tweeted @sethompson__. User @kchessor wrote, “Not gonna lie, wasn’t expecting a public confession like this.”
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), who lost his uncle, Son Kim, amidst the move, noted that Cuomo’s administration has refused to disclose the numbers of nursing home residents who died of the coronavirus in hospitals. “His constant gaslighting is stressful on all of us when we are just asking for basic facts and for him to constantly go on national TV to present himself as the governor of facts and transparency…at this point is beyond reprehensible,” Kim said.
Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Syracuse) also said, “It seems the governor has forgotten what happened in our own nursing homes and the sluggish vaccine rollout we’re experiencing. Thousands died but we still don’t know the true number of fatalities because this administration is protecting its own image. We should have been prepared to work with counties to get a vaccine distributed. But we’re now playing catch-up after the entire process was micromanaged from the top.”
Coming to the Governor’s aid as always, in reaction to a swarm of these comments, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said, “The cause of the spread in the nursing homes in every state of this nation has been — through no fault of their own — through asymptomatic staffers. These are very small politicians trying to make these very mediocre headlines and they should be ashamed of themselves. Excuse me, we’re still trying to fight this pandemic.”