As my colleague Streiff reported earlier, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just made an incredibly disgusting statement in the wake of all the nursing home deaths, a lot of which can be attributed to him because of his March 25 order requiring nursing homes to accept patients who were positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.
He said that older people are going to die anyway, no matter what you do.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo:
“Older people, vulnerable people are going to die from this virus. That is going to happen despite whatever you do”pic.twitter.com/h3mGsWB1rd
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 17, 2020
— Anne McCloy (@AnneMcCloyNews) May 17, 2020
So basically, don’t blame him for his order and don’t prosecute anyone in the scandal of the nursing home deaths because they’re all just going to die anyway, oh, well. And if that’s true, why did we have a lockdown?
What an astonishingly insensitive comment. And isn’t this the same guy who said we were all supposed to lockdown because our older people were not expendable? Which is it? Or does it depend on whether he’s going to get in trouble?
Maybe “May Andrew Cuomo” (in trouble over his actions) needs to check with “March Andrew Cuomo” and learn the elderly aren’t expendable?
REPORTER: Conservatives are saying to to end this crisis, older people are expendable
CUOMO: "My mother is not expendable. And your mother is not expandable… We're not going to accept a premise that human life is disposal. We're not going to put a dollar figure on human life." pic.twitter.com/XkfnoPwzeq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 24, 2020
I would love to see what the press would do when Trump says "Vulnerable people are going to die from this virus no matter what you do." https://t.co/HZfVPXrtAL
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) May 17, 2020
Oh, we’d never hear the end of it if Trump had said anything even close to it, that’s for sure.
This is the best defense of his shameful conduct he can offer? When is he going to give us the real numbers? https://t.co/zigwIcbrvL
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 17, 2020
Wow. Just wow. https://t.co/7hXk0TdyNc
— Rabbi Josh Yuter (@JYuter) May 17, 2020
Cuomo decided “they were gonna die anyway” absolves him of responsibility for 1000s of nursing home deaths after he seeded the facilities w COVID patients. Doesn’t get any more pathologically obscene than this. https://t.co/Cr6yz4VQ9V
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) May 17, 2020
My goodness if Trump said this…the problem is the mainstram media prematurely declare Cuomo the voice of reason but that narrative has collapsed over his nursing home debacle. https://t.co/fw81NbE5yl
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) May 17, 2020
Fox Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said both of her husband’s parents died in the nursing homes because of the virus. She wants answers and she was not happy with Cuomo’s comments.
No words. https://t.co/9IonIc4jXn
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) May 17, 2020
Translation: “Not my fault even though I approved the order that recovering corona virus patients could go back into nursing and assisted living homes. And then it spread like wildfire to the most vulnerable people that we are supposed to be protecting…” https://t.co/YR79xavVr7
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) May 17, 2020
Here are her mother in law and father in law who died in April.
Sean’s parents died of Covid 19. They are not just statistics on charts. They are human beings that lived important lives had families, and were loved. If you have parents or grandparents still alive, give them a call this weekend in honor of Mickey and Dee. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9XnAtFiQdo
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) April 19, 2020
These are the folks we have lost because of this travesty. Thousands who are important like Mickey and Dee.
Janice Dean and others, including Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and former New York Governor George Pataki, had called for an investigation into the scandal.
On top of all this, it was just revealed at the end of the past week, that New York had changed how they were counting nursing home deaths, deliberately undercounting deaths connected to nursing homes by not counting them as nursing home deaths if the patient died in the hospital. This removed almost 500 deaths from the count since the end of last month. They changed the way they were counting after Cuomo and the state came under fire for nursing home deaths.
Lawyer Harmeet Dhillon said Cuomo was incorrect and that yes, there should be prosecutions and legal liability.
Cuomo and other governors who forced sick people into homes and killed those who were not sick, are responsible for those deaths and should be held accountable politically. And yes, there should be prosecutions and legal liability also. https://t.co/ro9rXZoQB1
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) May 17, 2020