After being responsible for the deaths of thousands of New Yorkers due to a gross mishandling of the coronavirus where he forced those who tested positive into nursing homes, Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo is attempting to bury the evidence.
Cuomo attempted to dissuade a potential outside investigation into the deaths which occurred in the state’s nursing homes claiming that any attempt to look into the disastrous death toll would be purely “political.”
A nervous Cuomo said during a Monday press conference, “There is no such thing as a person who is trusted by all Democrats and Republicans. That person doesn’t exist. The Department of Health — those are just numbers. They report our numbers. You can see what you want in the numbers, but the numbers are the numbers. You can politically spin numbers, but those numbers are numbers.”
Cuomo said that the state’s Department of Health was reviewed by “credible industry experts” which he then admits are not independent.
Responding to calls for a true outsider investigation – Cuomo lost his mind saying he would “not do an investigation,” adding, “you’d have to be blind” to believe that further investigations into the thousands of deaths would not be “political.”
“I wouldn’t do an investigation whether or not it’s political, everybody can make that decision for themselves,” Cuomo said. “I think you’d have to be blind to realize it’s not political.”
He went on to say, “Just look at where it comes from and look at the sources and look at their political affiliations and look at who wrote the letter in Congress and look at what publications raise it and what media outward networks raise it.”
He added: “It’s kind of incredible.”
Cuomo has been attempting to cover his tracks after being caught with blood on his hands for giving the order on March 25, at the height of the New York outbreak, that required nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients who were medically stable without testing them, claiming instead that the deaths were caused by infected staff members who spread the virus.
A highly questionable report was released last month to aide Cuomo in his cover-up, but the method of reporting has been challenged by experts.
Cuomo has blamed “dirty politics” for the accusations he has faced over his order, which he eventually rescinded on May 10. He said it was a “political conspiracy that the deaths in nursing homes were preventable.”
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi has also attempted to divert attention away from Cuomo, pointing the finger at the Federal government instead, “We’re used to Republicans denying science but now they are screeching about time, space and dates on a calendar to distract from the federal government’s many, many, embarrassing failures. No one is buying it.”
Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, who is a leader of a House subcommittee on the COVID crisis, said in a letter to Cuomo last month that “[b]lame-shifting, name-calling and half-baked data manipulations will not make the facts or the questions they raise go away.”
Cuomo on Monday urged the public to “look at the basic facts on where New York is versus other states.” New York remains the state with the most amount of coronavirus deaths, and a statistic which more accurately measures their response – deaths per million – has them with the second most behind only New Jersey.