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Embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received widespread mockery after claiming in CNN and MSNBC interviews that "incompetent government" was responsible for COVID deaths in his state.
Cuomo first made the claim in a friendly interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday, insisting that former President Donald Trump and an incompetent federal response was to blame. Critics quickly noticed and asked whether Cuomo's decision to allow COVID-positive patients into nursing homes could have also been a factor.
"This state, I’m very proud of what New Yorkers have done, because they have rallied. We were ambushed like no other state, Nicolle, and again, it was from federal incompetence," Cuomo said.
"Incompetent government kills people. More people died than needed to die in COVID. That’s the truth."
While Cuomo was attempting to pin the blame on the Trump administration, his comment was quickly mocked on social media as many people pointed out that many of New York’s coronavirus-related deaths occurred after the state's controversial March 2020 decision to issue a directive that required nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients released from hospitals.
The directive was reversed in May, when Cuomo said hospitals cannot send patients back to nursing homes unless they have tested negative. In the months that followed, Cuomo regularly took heat over the decision, though largely received a pass from the likes of CNN and MSNBC.
As of late summer, there were 6,600 deaths that occurred on nursing home properties, as reported by the Associated Press. Fox News’ Janice Dean, who has been an outspoken critic of Cuomo’s response to the pandemic after her in-laws died of the virus in their separate elder care facilities in New York, bashed the governor for his lack of self-awareness.
"He’s right. Too bad he doesn’t realize he’s talking about himself," Dean tweeted.
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