Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, it has been very evident that the media collectively believes that Democrat governors are doing God’s work by locking down their states and all but rescinding the Bill of Rights.
On the other hand, Republican governors who use data and science to guide their decisions, thereby avoiding the onerous shutdowns of Democratic states, are treated as evil, ad the media pushes the narrative that these governors want people to die. Typical Leftist zero-sum crap.
This contrast couldn’t be clearer than in the difference between the media’s glowing coverage of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
As of this writing, the New York Times reported that New York City alone had 204,781 cases and over 20,000 deaths from COVID-19. To be fair, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio deserves significant blame for these high numbers as well, but as the leader of an entire state, Cuomo bears significant responsibility.
Meanwhile in Florida—a state with many more elderly people and total population higher than New York—the numbers of cases and deaths are MUCH lower. As of this writing, there have been 50,000 cases and 2,223 deaths from COVID-19.
See the difference? It doesn’t take a statistician to see that DeSantis has outperformed Cuomo during the response to the virus.
Over at the Daily Wire, Matt Walsh detailed the AWFUL job done by Governor Cuomo. Walsh wrote that Cuomo “not only kept the subway system open — despite it being a known vector for the illness — but he apparently didn’t think to give it a thorough cleaning until this week [May 8th]. Worse, Cuomo forced nursing homes to take in coronavirus patients, which is the equivalent of starting a campfire on a windy day in a forest full of dead wood during wildfire season. It has been well known from the beginning that nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks and their residents are most at risk of fatal complications from the illness. Nearly 5,000 nursing home residents have died [As of May 8th] from coronavirus in New York alone. In many other states across the country, well over half of all fatalities have happened in nursing homes. Cuomo’s decision to forcibly introduce the infection into these facilities — while refusing to provide protective gear, because it’s ‘not his job’ — can be directly blamed for many deaths.”
Contrast this review of Cumo with one of Governor Ron Desantis, as reported by Guy Benson at Townhall:
“The data and state leaders’ experiences led them to almost immediately prioritize protection and mitigation efforts at nursing homes, which retrospectively seems both patently obvious and like a stroke of life-saving genius. Unlike New York, which allowed COVID-positive employees to continue working at such facilities, and required COVID-positive patients to be readmitted from hospitals, Florida did the opposite. Early on, the state government imposed restrictions and screenings for those wishing to enter nursing homes, rushed large supplies of PPE to these facilities as a priority, and explicitly forbade residents diagnosed with the virus from entering the facilities. A top Florida public health official said they established a ‘hard line’ on this issue, working closely with hospitals to explain why ‘normal’ procedures would not be acceptable during the coronavirus crisis.”
As a recent transplant to Florida, I couldn’t be prouder to have Ron DeSantis as my governor. I feel sorry for my fellow countrymen in New York who have to live under the reign of the bumbling, incompetent leadership of Andrew Cuomo.
As America looks to move past the crisis, let’s hope we see the country become a little more like Florida and a little less like New York.