New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking heat from New Yorkers, Democrats, Republicans, and former governors after he appeared to callously wave off the alarming number of nursing home deaths seen in his state during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Cuomo was responding to a report written by New York’s state attorney general, which alleged that the administration downplayed the number of deaths caused by the forced placement of elderly patients in nursing homes.
“We’re below the national average in number of deaths in nursing homes,” Cuomo said. “But who cares? Thirty-three? Twenty-eight died in a hospital — died in a nursing home. They died.”
The New York Democrat has been on the receiving end of criticism over his handling of the virus for some time now — despite his often glowing treatment from the mainstream media. The governor even penned a book where he essentially praises himself up and down over his response to the crisis. Now, this undeserved sense of accomplishment seems to be finally fading in the eyes of the public.
Joining in is one of Cuomo’s own predecessors — former New York Governor George Pataki, the last Republican to hold that office until 2006.
Pataki has referred to the incident as a “new low” for the current governor, who is waning in popularity even among Democratic voters.
The former governor predicts that Cuomo’s behavior as governor will have dire consequences for him as well as the Democratic Party in New York. He says that he will be challenged both from the right and from the left as the party’s ideological civil war continues to intensify.
New data suggests that New York’s government has underreported COVID-19-related nursing home deaths by the thousands. Along with California, the state is considered to be one of the biggest hotbeds for the pandemic — despite the fact that it has imposed some of the harshest economic and social restrictions to slow the spread of the disease.
Watch Pataki take down Cuomo in a recent interview on Newsmax TV below.