Gov. Cuomo Attempts to Blame Trump for His Own Failure in Handling Coronavirus
Facing criticism for his disastrous handling of the coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tuned to ol’ reliable and did what any other liberal leader in his position would do: blame President Donald Trump.
With a death toll over 32,000 New York’s tops any other state, and is second only to New Jersey on a per-capita basis (with New York having 167 coronavirus deaths per 100k people to Jersey’s 176). By contrast, the often-maligned Florida has 22 deaths per 100k, while Arizona has 34.
According to Fox News:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing fresh criticism for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic that saw his state suffer tens of thousands of deaths within months, is blaming President Trump for the virus coming to New York in the first place.
“If Trump’s government had done its job, the virus wouldn’t have come here,” Cuomo said Thursday on CNN. “The virus didn’t come here because of anything New Yorkers did, the virus came here because the federal government missed it.
Of course, Trump did do the most significant thing he could do to stop the virus from coming to America when he banned travel from China – a move liberals immediately branded as racist (the default liberal argument in 2020). And we know it worked because the virus appears to have entered America through Europe – something Cuomo acknowledged when he tried to be clever by describing the virus as the “European virus.” Cuomo never called for a travel ban from Europe either.
At the center of Andrew Cuomo’s comedy of errors is his now infamous “March 25 advisory” issued to nursing home administrators, forcing them to take coronavirus patients in an attempt to free up hospital space. With the benefit of hindsight it later turned out that there was no shortage of space to necessitate such a policy – but we learned that after New York sent 4,500 patients infected with coronavirus to nursing homes.
As an analysis from ProPublica found of the policy: “In the weeks that followed the March 25 order, COVID-19 tore through New York state’s nursing facilities, killing more than 6,000 people — about 6% of its more than 100,000 nursing home residents. In Florida, where such transfers were barred, just 1.6% of 73,000 nursing home residents died of the virus.”
A single New York nursing home refused to abide by the order and didn’t take in a single infected patient. Their nursing home suffered zero coronavirus deaths.