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Andrew Cuomo Calls Criticism of Deadly Nursing Home Policy a ‘Political Charade’

Andrew Cuomo Calls Criticism of Deadly Nursing Home Policy a ‘Political Charade’

“It’s all a political charade, and it’s an ugly one frankly, to talk about a number of deaths and suggest there was politics added.”

https://youtu.be/EP5IfieXs_o

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to put people infected with Coronavirus into nursing homes caused thousands of deaths. It will be remembered as one of the worst decisions made during this pandemic.

It’s shocking that he would brush this off as politics, but that’s just what he’s done.

Zack Budryk reports at The Hill:

Cuomo calls blaming his office for nursing home deaths a ‘political charade’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday denied his office was at fault for the coronavirus deaths of more than 6,000 nursing home residents in the state, calling such accusations a “political charade.”

Cuomo defended his office’s response to the pandemic during an interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle.

“Yes, we had more people die in nursing homes than anywhere else, because we had more people die, because the federal government missed the boat and never told us this virus was coming from Europe and not from China,” Cuomo said. “And January, February, March, before they did the European travel ban, 3 million people came from Europe and brought the virus to New York and the federal government didn’t know and the federal government and the CDC and all of them failed to handle this pandemic and warn this nation.”

“So, New York had more cases, more deaths, and more deaths in nursing home because that’s who the virus affects. It affects senior citizens, we know that. You look at any state and they had a tremendous number of deaths in nursing homes,” he added. “It’s all a political charade, and it’s an ugly one frankly, to talk about a number of deaths and suggest there was politics added.”

Here’s the clip:

The liberal media knows that Cuomo is a potential future Democrat presidential candidate, so they gush over him whenever possible and certainly won’t do anything to damage him, especially at the network where his brother works.

Brian Flood reports at FOX News:

CNN continues to give Gov. Cuomo a pass on New York’s nursing home controversy

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to get a pass from CNN when it comes to his state’s nursing home controversy, despite often being accused of failing to protect nursing home residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

The liberal network has acquired a reputation for conducting softball interviews with Cuomo, the older brother of CNN host Chris Cuomo. The latest example came on Monday when the Democratic governor chatted with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto for nine minutes without anyone mentioning the nursing home controversy, according to Mediaite.

“The duo began the nine-minute interview – which also included questions about police reform and vote-by-mail efforts – by asking about the state’s reopening process. Cuomo used the opportunity to tout improvement in numbers related to the coronavirus in New York, saying he was a ‘slave to the science,’” Mediaite’s Rudy Takala wrote.

Here’s that clip:

Notice how Cuomo accuses everyone else of politicizing the virus, as he does just that.

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Planned Parent is an essential service. Planned Parenthood, too. Cuomo is forward-looking.

legacyrepublican | June 23, 2020 at 9:06 am

I would say in response that his future presidental campaign is on life support from a borrowed ventilator from upstate New York.

2smartforlibs | June 23, 2020 at 9:07 am

The rest of us call it fact. Son of Mario the Pious.

    fscarn in reply to 2smartforlibs. | June 23, 2020 at 9:55 am

    “It’s shocking that he would brush this off as politics, but that’s just what he’s done.”

    A true Democrat. Never, ever his fault. This entire thing of not taking personal responsibility is the cause of so many problems in life. Democrats never step up the failures of all their policies (e.g., all recent riot areas are Democrat), and never expect their captive client groups to be responsible.

    Being in an at risk category, I have followed the press on this like a hawk. The first major, publicized outbreak in the USA was in a Washington State nursing home. Indeed, it must have been “politics” that Cuomo did not get the message. Then add DeBlasio – destroying police protection and public school education – and anyone who does not leave NY who can is going to regret it.

      Barry in reply to jb4. | June 23, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      They knew all along what was happening in the nursing homes. Not only did they not care, they were happy to eliminate the medicaid / medicare resource users a few months early.

      Yes, they were purposely killing these people.

F’s death in a Suffolk County nursing home was not a charade.

We will be holding a memorial service, of sorts, mid July.
She lived and she died,, and Cuomo makes an asshat look like a halo.

Better quit before I use some bad words…

I believe this sums it up:

There’s another old saying, Governor: Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.

JusticeDelivered | June 23, 2020 at 9:24 am

Cuomo knows that his policies killed a bunch of people’s elders, their loved ones, and that he is likely to pay for it.

Massinsanity | June 23, 2020 at 9:31 am

He knows he can get away with it because it will only be covered by Fox, the WSJ and some other “right wing” websites, like this one, some of which the left wing media cabal are working hard to de-monetize.

The rest have his back including his his hometown “paper of record” which would rather hide the fact that his administration made decisions that directly led to the deaths of thousands of innocent senior citizens than criticize one of their own or better yet call it Trump’s fault.

I have a number of friends in NYC and they all speak of Cuomo in glowing tones that I would typically reserve for Mother Teresa or the Pope (well JP2 anyway, not the current occupant). They loved his daily news briefings and believe he was a brilliant leader throughout the crisis. Most are completely unaware of the guidelines that killed many a grandma and grandpa.

As they say, ignorance is bliss.

    Joe-dallas in reply to Massinsanity. | June 23, 2020 at 9:41 am

    I have also seen a number of democrats praise cuomo’s handling of Covid – With a complete disconnect with his F’up with the nursing homes deaths.

If I heard correctly, each general admission to NY nursing homes cost approximately $11,300 per month. 70% of nursing home residents need Medicaid to pay the bills, the State of New York being the Medicaid payor, just saved a ton of money. Follow the money.

    Katy L. Stamper in reply to mrtomsr. | June 23, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Assuming $10,000.00 per month per nursing home patient, for each 5,000 deaths, a state saves $50,000,000.00 per MONTH.

    So, let’s say the average of shortened life is 9 months…. that is a cost reduction of $450 million dollars.

    That’s per 5,000 deaths.

    Because Medicaid pays for that, not Medicare.

      About 8000 people die every day in the USA. About 250K per month.

      Over 25% now die in a nursing home. 50% of nursing home patients die within 6 months upon entry, and 65% in the first year.

      Most of those dying in the nursing homes were on their way out. Cuomo and company shoved them over to save $$$$. All it took was shaving a few months off their life as almost all of them are on mediscare.

If there were any justice in NY, Cuomo would be on trial for 5,000 counts of negligent homicide. But there’s that “qualified immunity” thing again…

Forget about politics. What Cuomo did was CRIMINAL.

These Dems/Progs fools/tools can say and do whatever they want, whenever they want and the dinosaur media, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat party, will cover for them.

nordic_prince | June 23, 2020 at 10:59 am

The whole virus lockdown nonsense was political, from depriving people of their livelihoods to mandating mom & pop stores close yet allowing big box stores to stay open, to hounding churches & parishioners for exercising their 1A rights while giving state blessing to abortion mills, liquor stores and pot shops….

It never was about a virus…it was political from Day One….

Standard double-standard of the left: if a Dem is truly responsible for anything going wrong: 1) to point it out is political, or racist, or whatever, or; 2) either no one is to blame or it is PDT’s fault.

GUILTY. You will pay for your stupidity and unwarranted arrogance, Andy.

End of discussion.

As we can not prove that Cuomo or DeBlasio intentionally forced COVID patients into nursing homes knowing it would result in a huge number of the residents of those facilities dying, they can cop the incompetent boob defense. But, here is the [problem that they were facing, at the time.

Initially, the virus was being touted as a deadly plague with a huge mortality rate. And, as the NYC metro area has a severe shortage of hospital beds for the size of the population, the fear that these facilities would be overrun and collapse was very real. And, with the exception of the existing senior living facilities, there was nowhere for the state or city to place senior COVID patients except back into the adult living facilities. So, the Governor and the Mayor made a choice. They swapped the immediate problem for a long term problem which had much greater potential adverse results. This is typical politician behavior.

Now an honest man would admit to this. A decision was made, without having clear fats concerning the actual danger. And, a case can be made that the facilities would be able to quarantine and handle the returning patients. Unfortunately that did not happen, for a myriad if reasons. Such an admission would, at least, garner some respect for the person making this decision. Where Cuomo is shooting himself in the head is in trying to lay-off blame onto the federal government. By dodging responsibility for his decision, he makes himself look weak as well as stupid and incompetent. While a good look on him, tactically it is a disaster, even with media support.

    Katy L. Stamper in reply to Mac45. | June 23, 2020 at 11:37 am

    I disagree. They set out in the memo the patients couldn’t even be tested and that they had to be accepted. The ship was there, Javits was there.

    It was a garbage move, even at the time.

    No one spoke with the nursing homes, except to send them a memo, this is what you have to do.

    Completely criminal intentional homicide.

      My recollection is that at least one nursing home very vigorously responded that they did not have the capabilities required to ensure safety for existing patients with them getting back ones with unknown contagiousness.

      Initially, neither the Javit’s Center facility not the Hospital ship were available when the elderly patients were being returned to the Adult retirement facilities. The patients who were suffering from COVID-19 or were possibly infected, and did not require intensive care, should have been held in the infectious disease ward of the hospitals that they were in. This did not happen, because it would have over-taxed the hospital facilities. So, they were returned to the living facilities where they came from. Also, some non-resident patients were also sent to these adult care and living facilities [which is going to be the REAL scandal] to be housed. As it turned out, the decision to relieve stress on the hospital facilities, by moving potentially infected patients to the adult living and care facilities, actually exacerbated the stress on the hospitals.

      The policy decision was stupid and may well have been based, in part, on the age and condition of the patients involved. The people who made those decisions have to accept the responsibility for those action and explain why they made them. They can not simply blame it on those entities who did NOT make those decisions, or say that criticism of those decisions is simply “political”.

New York has three times the deaths per case as Florida or California.

Just sayin’.

And Florida has more old people.

Fine. Let him be a candidate. The commercials write themselves.

Remember the Democrats with their ads about throwing grandma off a cliff? This Party kills the old, the poor, and the defenseless.

Yes governor, we know. It’s a political charade. New to the planet? Just arrived yesterday?

Question: NY did appear to kill a lot of people. Does Sovereign Immunity protect them from lawsuits? But, what about the nursing homes, who can correctly claim that they were forced to take deadly actions by the state?

    randian in reply to jb4. | June 23, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Cuomo and the legislature passed a law eliminating that liability. If the nursing homes were taken to court, everything that the government told them to do, or not do, will come out in discovery. Cuomo wanted that buried.

Telling the truth about a Democrat is always a [REPUBLICANS POUNCE] political charade.

And yesterday tearing down and destroying statutes was a peaceful expression of love. The only thing Cuomo has learned by his sheer stupidity and incompetence is that the media will excuse anything he does. So Cuomo doubles down on malpractice and fantasy because after the media wash, he comes out looking like a genius and hero.

Fredo’s brother has more important things to devote attention to, like floating a proposal to institute a fortnight quarantine for people coming from states with raging Wuhan ChiCom Flu epidemics – like Texas.

And demanding that the NY State Police assist the Watertown, NY PD in investigating the horrible crime of a local anti-gay rights person taking down a Gay Rights Flag (whatever that is) from the City Hall flagpole and putting it in the City Hall Drop Box. The local DA is trying to figure out if any crime had been committed while Fredo’s brother demands the perpetrators head (figuratively – for now).

It is important for a Governor and future Socialist-Democrat presidential candidate to take action on these important issues now that the state of New York has no problems extant.

And New Yorkers will keep voting for the same incompetent, corrupt criminals.

There is a term for that:

Stupid.

    Edward in reply to Barry. | June 23, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Like IL and Chitcago, WA and Seattle (less the autonomous zone), CA with LA and San Fran, NY state is mostly controlled by the “down state” (NY City Metro area and most of the state South of Albany) vote.

This psychopath also called the tearing down of statutes ‘free expression’.

Don’t let your guard down, folks – we are at war.

Ya get what ya vote for.Incompetence.

Lucifer Morningstar | June 23, 2020 at 3:54 pm

It’s shocking that he would brush this off as politics, but that’s just what he’s done.

Why is it “shocking”. Cuomo probably has been advised by his legal representatives to deny any and all responsibility for the excess nursing home deaths in a desperate attempt to avoid 5,000+ civil wrongful death lawsuits being filed against him and the state of New York. That would be quite expensive a proposition to defend against and he certainly wouldn’t want the defendants and court to be poking around in his decisions.

6/23 Covid data for OK (post Trump rally) – https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/

295 cases (up from 218 yesterday, but far less than 478 on Sunday 21st).

Case graph has 14 on 20th, 8 on 21st, 6 on 22nd. Note that this graph allocates cases based on date first symptoms or date of test, if no symptoms.

Top 3 days on this graph are 325 on 10th, 347 on 15th, and 368 on 16th.

Top counties are Tulsa (91) and OK (83). Top age group continues to be 18-35 (119 or 40% of day’s activity), 36-49 (74), 50-64 (44), 5-17 (28), 65+ (22), and 0-4 (8).

So, the increase in activity is probably linked to protests as well as reopening. The rally has not shown up in the numbers, yet. However, remember that there were protesters in Tulsa, so it will be hard to split out any increase to a rally or a protest.

I read comments from the public health people about the younger crowd going back home to infect the grandparents, but the numbers suggest that they are impacting the younger crowd since the 0-4 and 5-17 numbers are increasing over the last month.

krjennings312 | June 23, 2020 at 8:05 pm

Did He not Order the action He is said to have done ?? Yes or NO did He Order Infected People to be put in with the most vulnerable population in this Nation with the Highest death rate from this Virus Did He or DID he Not

juliathemechanic | June 23, 2020 at 10:13 pm

Not only did he murder over 5000 people by throwing Covid patients into nursing homes, he struck a deal with nursing home administrators that he wouldn’t find them liable for the increased deaths if they donated to his political campaign. I call that premeditated manslaughter. His Communist daddy couldn’t make it to the presidency due to his open mob ties and he wont make it due to his obvious manslaughter.

This guy is a fool. He wants it so bad but he’s never going to get it. Just like his old man, the mafia bagman. Now this guy, a undeniable mass murder, the worst in US history. Over 6,800 murdered. How do you accidentally murder thousands of people? And he was TOLD beforehand, by many that his order would kill thousands. Yet he went ahead with it anyway. Defiantly. Hardly an accident. They say it will save the state hundreds of millions in elder care cost. This fool deserves to hang. If one of mine was list I wouldn’t hesitate to hunt him down and put him under.

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