Less than a year ago, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was being talked up as a potential presidential candidate, lifted by glowing media coverage of his coronavirus response. The glamour concealed an ugly reality, one that has now become impossible for the governor to ignore.
Now, even Democrats are turning on the governor after it was confirmed he covered up how many people died in a nursing home death scandal, Breitbart reported.
Cuomo faces wrath from Dems
Cuomo received rapturous praise from Democrats and the media early on in the pandemic, with self-described “Cuomosexuals” expressing admiration for the governor and his daily briefings. He received an Emmy in November, and was even bold enough to write a book about his “leadership.”
The accolades angered New Yorkers who lost loved ones to a disastrous March policy that ordered nursing homes to accept COVID patients, resulting in at least 13,000 deaths. Cuomo dodged scrutiny for the better part of a year, blasting all criticism of the scandal as “political.”
But he’s facing the music after top aide Melissa DeRosa admitted to state Democrats on a conference call that the governor depressed the official death totals because they “froze” in fear of a Department of Justice probe from President Trump.
Queens Councilman Robert Holden, a Democrat, called on the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to retract Cuomo’s Emmy, saying his “actions have been an insult to every New Yorker who lost a loved one” to the coronavirus.
“We now know that his TV appearances and clout were used to mislead the public regarding how their loved ones died,” Holden said.
Upon receiving the award, Cuomo boasted that he “only offered one thing — authentic truth and stability. But sometimes, that’s enough.” Few are still buying this nonsense, however, as the governor goes to extreme lengths to spin the cover-up as a “delay” of data disclosure.
“Trash. No one believes you,” said state Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-NY). “At no point did the Administration notify the legislature about a DOJ investigation. People died and Cuomo lied then he had the gall to write a book.”
Several Democrats have called for Cuomo to lose his emergency powers — a stunning development after a year in which “King Cuomo” was criticized for his COVID policies mostly by conservatives, who accused him of governing as a negligent authoritarian.
He has never accepted responsibility for the nursing home deaths, recently angering many by callously saying “who cares” that people died. He was as unapologetic as ever Monday as he again blamed “politics” for his woes.
Cuomo also defended the original nursing home order and claimed that his administration has always told the truth about nursing home deaths.