Known for his pompous tirades on TV and off, Chris Cuomo has been caught up in fresh melodrama for his entitled antics – this time over his decision to expose other New Yorkers to the virus by violating lockdown rules.
Despite getting diagnosed with the deadly disease, Cuomo took time away from giving dramatic, unsolicited updates about his health condition to tour a property in the Hamptons with his family on Easter Sunday. He got into a clash with a biker who asked why he wasn’t social distancing, given his own brother’s “stay at home order” – and Cuomo allegedly chewed the man out, then went on the radio to complain about being famous.
The CNN host seems to think he doesn’t have to follow the rules, writes Washington Examiner writer Becket Adams.
Chris Cuomo slammed for coronavirus hypocrisy
When he isn’t giving patronizing sermons about Trump on TV, Cuomo has been known to get into trouble for acting like a tough-guy with people less privileged than himself, like the stranger who called him “Fredo” this summer. If the coronavirus is causing many to reflect on what’s important in life, it seems like Cuomo hasn’t been chastened a jot.
On Easter Sunday, while millions of New Yorkers were locked up at home as per his brother Andrew’s orders, Chris toured an undeveloped property he owns in East Hampton, Long Island, with his wife and kids. As Adams notes, a bicyclist who was passing by noticed, and he didn’t appreciate what looked like obvious hypocrisy.
Cuomo has been very public about his diagnosis, sharing detailed, imagistic narratives about his nightly terrors on CNN. According to the biker, he asked Cuomo what he was doing outside, given his diagnosis and his own brother’s order – and the CNN host responded with threats.
“Who the hell are you? I can do what I want! He just ranted, screaming, ‘I’ll find out who you are!’” the biker said, describing the encounter to The New York Post.
“This is not the end of this. You’ll deal with this later. We will meet again,'” Cuomo continued, according to the biker.
Entitled CNN host complains about fame
Cuomo later complained about his interaction with the biker, who he called a “jackass” and a “loser,” on his SiriusXM show. The show received attention for what sounded like an existential crisis unfolding in real-time, as Cuomo said that his illness made him realize some deep truths about life – like the fact that he hates being famous.
“I don’t want some jackass, loser, fat-tire biker being able to pull over and get in my space and talk bullshit to me,” Cuomo said, reflecting on the downsides of being a celebrity.
For what it’s worth, Cuomo isn’t the only journalist big-wig who thinks he’s too important to follow the rules, as New York Post columnist Maureen Callahan notes. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who also has the virus, was also spotted taking a stroll through the Hamptons with no face mask.
As Adams notes, the grand irony, of course, is that Cuomo and his ilk are the ones blasting President Trump’s handling of the virus – when they can’t be bothered to take common sense precautions themselves. Not to mention, many in the media, including Cuomo’s co-host Don Lemon, have shown no qualms about shaming lockdown protesters.
Never change, Fredo.