Has New York Governor Andrew Cuomo been naughty or nice this year? Will he be getting presents from Santa Clause or just a stocking full of coal?
Well, according to Cuomo himself, his handling of New York’s COVID response puts him squarely on the nice list. In one of the most self-unaware statements in recent memory, Cuomo said the following: “Santa’s going to be very good to me. I can tell. I worked hard this year.”
Really, Andrew? Tell that to the families of all the nursing home residents who you sent to their deaths when you forced the facilities to take in COVID-positive patients.
This guy is as delusional as he is in love with himself. He even had the gall to write a book about his response to the pandemic…while the pandemic is still going on, no less. He celebrated his pandemic work at the Democrat Convention and even won an Emmy for his supposedly “entertaining and informative” coronavirus press conferences.
The International Emmy’s announced that “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will receive this year’s International Emmy® Founders Award, in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world.”
Only Hollywood would award a governor for exploiting a health emergency to entertain the masses instead of protecting them.
Texas Representative Dan Crenshaw quipped: “I think the International Emmys are confusing ‘highest death count’ and ‘putting COVID patients back into nursing homes’ categories with the ‘best performance’ category.”
But in case Cuomo managed to snow Jolly Old Saint Nick just like he snowed the media, here’re a few things for Santa Clause to consider before putting the governor on his Nice List.
According to worldometers.info, through November 22nd, New York had suffered 34,233 deaths from COVID-19—that’s 13,000 deaths more than any other state.
The now-infamous senior death order read: “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the [Nursing Home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”
National Review pointed out that “New York’s authorities were reassuring the public to go on as normal until well past the point where the coronavirus had spread pervasively throughout the community. They had let languish the city and state stockpiles of emergency equipment. Most disastrously, Cuomo and New Jersey governor Phil Murphy both ordered nursing homes to take back patients who tested positive for the virus, unleashing catastrophic death tolls in both states’ nursing-home populations.”
Cuomo’s decision to send COVID-positive seniors to their nursing homes was an unmitigated disaster, yet he is held up as the gold standard of COVID management.
Fox Business host Charles Payne said that “New York state ranked #2 in coronavirus-related bankruptcies and death rates compared to other states. Payne explained that there were 185 deaths for every 100,000 people.
‘He worked hard? Well, in New York state, a lot of other folks didn’t work hard. They got one of the highest unemployment rates—10 percent.’”
Andrew Cuomo—and brother Chris “Fredo” Cuomo, for that matter—should get coal in his stocking this year…and every year for the rest of his life.
If Santa has any sense of justice, he’ll make it happen.