CNN, Ted Cruz and New Yorkers blast Gov. Cuomo’s COVID nursing home claims as ‘false’
In a rare moment of candor, CNN has called claims by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that he did not force nursing homes to take COVID-19 patients “false.”
“According to a report from the New York State Department of Health, ‘6,326 COVID-positive residents were admitted to [nursing home] facilities’ following Cuomo’s mandate that nursing homes accept the readmission of Covid-positive patients from hospitals,” says CNN.
“Cuomo — who partially reversed the order in May, without conceding a mistake — has dismissed criticism over the order as politically motivated, despite bipartisan calls for an outside inquiry into the state’s at least 6,500 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes,” says the New York Post.
On Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo’s brother, Chris Cuomo, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) sparred over the decision of the governor to force nursing homes to take COVID patients.
Cruz heaped criticism on Gov. Cuomo for his management of the COVID crisis in New York and contrasted it with the results from Texas.
“It led to New York having 33,000 deaths compared to Texas having 15,000 deaths, and Texas has 50 percent more population than New York does,” Cruz told the younger Cuomo on his “Cuomo Prime Time” CNN show. “Tell your brother to get on it.”
The result was Cuomo’s full-on meltdown in front of the nation.
“My brother will stand for his own record,” Cuomo said according to the New York Post. “Why don’t you talk to the president the way you talk to my brother, Ted? You afraid of him [Trump]? You think he’ll smack you down at home?
“I’m talking about the president,” Cuomo added. “The one who called you a liar. The one who said your wife was ugly.”
“You actually wonder why you don’t have a lot of Republicans that want to come on your show,” Cruz answered bemusedly as Cuomo fumed.
While the state did an investigation of the cause of COVID deaths in nursing homes, it found that the nursing home employees were the cause of the COVID deaths, not the decision of the governor to force nursing homes to take COVID patients.
It’s a conclusion that many think is politically motivated, and thus the calls for an outside investigation.
“It was the single dumbest decision anyone could make if they wanted to kill people,” Daniel Arbeeny said of the directive to the Associated Press. The governor’s decision prompted him to pull his 88-year-old father out of a Brooklyn nursing home where more than 50 people had died. His father later died of COVID-19 at home, says the AP.
“This isn’t rocket science,” Arbeeny said. “We knew the most vulnerable — the elderly and compromised — are in nursing homes and rehab centers.”
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