New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) came under heavy criticism this week as a bombshell report from the state’s attorney general revealed that COVID-19 nursing home deaths were underreported by as much as fifty percent.
Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro ripped into the governor, charging Cuomo with running an “incompetent government” with regard to the number of nursing home deaths as a result of the vicious spread of the virus.
Prior to Pirro’s takedown of the New York governor, Cuomo took to airwaves on Friday in an attempt to explain the report that nursing home deaths weren’t counted correctly, given that the deaths of those who were transferred to local hospitals were not initially counted.
He literally blamed multiple entities, including former President Donald Trump and his administration, an “incompetent government” and God for releasing the virus on the world.
“It’s not about pointing fingers or blame, it’s that this became a political football, right?” Cuomo said during a presser, according to Fox News. “Look, whether a person died in a hospital or died in a nursing home … people died. People died. … By the way, the same people are dying today.”
Pirro shot back, reminding Cuomo of the absurdity of blaming the “incompetent” government, as he is obviously a representative of the government.
“New York was the epicenter of the virus. New York had the highest number of deaths compared to any other state in the union, and he wants to blame it on the government? You’re the government, Andrew Cuomo. You’re the one that was killing people,” Pirro said.
The popular resident judge at Fox News also took aim at Cuomo’s appearances on his brother’s primetime CNN program, calling it an “entertainment show” during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic while commenting on their egos and the “pathetic” showing while the two were on television together as New Yorkers continued to die by the thousands.
Critics on social media have also said that the shocking New York AG’s report also undermines the book Gov. Cuomo published in the final months of 2020 called “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic.”