Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been a strong proponent of strict lockdown measures meant to reduce transmission of the virus.
According to recent reports, however, he has apparently changed his tune this week, prompting critics on both sides of the aisle to cry foul.
“So let me get this straight”
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass,” Cuomo revealed in a tweet on Monday.
He went on to declare that the “cost is too high,” stressing that state leaders “must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”
In response, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) tweeted: “So let me get this straight..when Republicans have been saying this that means they are science deniers trying to kill people, but when [Cuomo] finally says this today then he is a genius who should write another book about his incredible leadership? Did I get that right?”
Another critic of Cuomo’s shifting opinion was conservative author A.G. Hamilton, who drew a contrast between the media’s embrace of the New York governor and its disdain toward GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“DeSantis was absolutely excoriated for saying almost exactly this months ago (putting politics over lives!) while Cuomo was shutting down restaurants and letting schools inexplicably close,” he tweeted.
“Many of them elderly”
Donald Trump Jr. also got in on the action, sarcastically referring to Cuomo as a “brilliant strategist” and adding that it is “incredible that no one thought of this months ago!”
Many in his own party have hailed Cuomo for his handling of the pandemic, though countless others argue that his policies actually served to multiply the state’s death toll.
In August, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would seek data from New York and other Democratic-led states regarding their practice of sending infected patients back to nursing homes.
A DOJ statement at the time asserted: “According to the Centers for Disease Control, New York has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, with 32,592 victims, many of them elderly.”
The agency went on to add that, as of that report, the New York death rate as a percentage of the population was the nation’s second-highest, just behind New Jersey.