According to PJ Media, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) said during an address to a virtual meeting of governors Friday that the COVID-19 pandemic that killed thousands of elderly nursing home residents “was a tremendous personal benefit.”
“Very few people were going through what we went through and we went through it together,” the embattled Democratic governor said. “And speaking for myself, it was a tremendous personal benefit.”
New York had the worst initial COVID-19 outbreak, in which thousands of the state’s vulnerable nursing home and long-term care residents died after Cuomo ordered the facilities to accept patients who were still testing positive for COVID-19 after their return from local hospitals.
Cuomo became a nationally known figure after his daily COVID-19 briefings were routinely carried by major news outlets. In addition, he received a $5.1 million book advance to extol his response to the pandemic.
The governor’s meeting was streamed on C-SPAN, and Cuomo’s comments drew a negative response from some who viewed them as myopic and tone-deaf, given the death toll in his state.
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“It’s easy for him to say. He didn’t lose a loved one,” Danielle Messina, whose father died in a Staten Island nursing home, told the New York Post. “Cuomo gave family members and friends private testing instead of testing people in the nursing homes … He hurt the most vulnerable.”
“If that’s Cuomo’s best, I’d hate to see his worst,” Tracey Alvino, whose father died in a Long Island nursing home, said. “Fifteen thousand senior citizens in nursing homes were killed because of his fatally flawed decisions that were not based on science … His personal benefit was $5.1 million in his bank account from his book.”
Where’s the justice?
Cuomo has been under investigation for covering up the full extent of nursing home deaths in the state last year, with some speculating that it revolved around protecting his lucrative book deal.
His administration hid and downplayed the number of deaths for at least six months until after he received his advance, and then falsely claimed that it was delayed because of the investigation, even though it hadn’t begun.
Cuomo was looked to as a hero, especially by Democrats, when in reality, he likely caused thousands of unnecessary deaths as a result of his decisions. He cost lives instead of saving them, but it’s unclear whether he will ever face justice for his actions.
Given that he’s still bragging about his response to the pandemic and not being checked by the media, it seems doubtful that he will ever be held accountable by anyone at this point.