Last week, it was announced that New York’s Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo would be receiving an International Emmy Award for his coronavirus briefings.
Yet while the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences might consider Cuomo’s performance “a symbol of the determination to fight back,” Fox News personality Janice Dean isn’t so impressed.
Dean: Cuomo award “insulting”
According to the Washington Examiner, Dean lashed out upon hearing the news, calling the decision to present Cuomo with an award “sickening.”
“I didn’t think that the governor could make me more surprised after his leadership book, of course, was released over a month ago, and he’s been on a self-congratulations tour to all of the television and radio stations talking about his leadership and how he flattened the curve here in New York City as cases rise,” the paper quoted her as saying.
“My in-laws were on the curve that he flattened,” the meteorologist pointed out, adding that it was”jaw-dropping” and “insulting” to give Cuomo an award.
“It’s sickening to see him accept an award for his leadership that we don’t have answers to when it comes to the coronavirus patients going into nursing homes for 46 days because of his executive order,” she went on.
Dean: “We had no idea until it was too late”
In May, Fox News reported that both of Dean’s in-laws had succumbed to coronavirus while residing at a New York state nursing home.
“At first, we didn’t blame anyone for their deaths. This is a pandemic, and the virus is particularly dangerous for the elderly,” Dean explained. “We had no idea until it was too late.”
The Department of Justice announced on August 26 that it is investigating Cuomo’s policy of sending thousands of infected patients into nursing home families. Similar policies in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey are under review as well.
“Protecting the rights of some of society’s most vulnerable members, including elderly nursing home residents, is one of our country’s most important obligations,” Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband said in a statement.
“We must ensure they are adequately cared for with dignity and respect and not unnecessarily put at risk,” Dreiband went on to stress.
The DOJ’s press released noted that the per capita COVID death rates in New Jersey and New York are respectively the first and second highest in the country.