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In what could be the most tone-deaf and incorrect statement of the year so far, two-time failed Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton has just praised New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his ‘responsible’ leadership during the coronavirus pandemic to “keep people safe.”
“I’m missing our Chappaqua Memorial Day parade today while also feeling grateful to leaders like @NYGovCuomo for making responsible decisions to keep people safe. Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday. @BillClinton and I will be waving our flags at home,” Clinton wrote in a tweet featuring a picture of herself, her ex-president husband, and Cuomo, laughing it up presumably during an earlier parade.
I'm missing our Chappaqua Memorial Day parade today while also feeling grateful to leaders like @NYGovCuomo for making responsible decisions to keep people safe.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 25, 2020
The statement was inane not just because Clinton believed that a pic of her, the philanderer-in-chief, and Cuomo all yucking it up would be seen as some sort of Memorial Day comfort for the nation. It’s mostly due to the fact that the Democratic governor’s decision to send thousands of people infected with coronavirus into nursing homes very likely caused thousands more to die.
A recent analysis by The Associated Press found that at least 4,300 coronavirus-infected patients were sent to nursing homes following Cuomo’s March order:
AP compiled its own tally to find out how many COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals to nursing homes under the March 25 directive after New York’s Health Department declined to release its internal survey conducted two weeks ago. It says it is still verifying data that was incomplete.
Whatever the full number, nursing home administrators, residents’ advocates and relatives say it has added up to a big and indefensible problem for facilities that even Gov. Andrew Cuomo — the main proponent of the policy — called “the optimum feeding ground for this virus.”
In a letter urging U.S. Attorney General William Barr to launch an independent investigation into Cuomo’s order, New York Republican congressional candidate Chele Farley blamed the governor for “hundreds of deaths” alone in the Albany-area district where she is running.
“It was the single dumbest decision anyone could make if they wanted to kill people,” Daniel Arbeeny told the AP of the Cuomo’s order.
“This isn’t rocket science,” Arbeeny continued. “We knew the most vulnerable — the elderly and compromised — are in nursing homes and rehab centers.”
Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean, whose in-laws both perished from coronavirus in New York nursing homes, has also blasted Cuomo for the decision.
“Twenty percent of our lost loved ones are from nursing homes, and it’s because Gov. Cuomo and several other governors, by the way, in different states forced COVID-recovering patients into nursing homes,” she told network host Tucker Carlson last week.
Dean also blasted Leftist mainstream media outlets for ignoring what Carlson called “an actual scandal.”
But the fact is, there aren’t a lot of news outlets covering this tragedy which I believe should be one of the biggest stories of the covid19 pandemic of 2020. So, please forgive me for my raw horror, grief and fury. If there’s anything I can say having lived through this,
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) May 20, 2020
For his part, Cuomo has tried to dodge responsibility, claiming that he wasn’t responsible for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 because it was “above” his “paygrade” — an obvious attempt to blame it on President Donald Trump.
“If this country knew more and knew it earlier, I think we could’ve saved many, many more lives,” he said last week during his daily coronavirus press conference.
“If you — if you knew that the virus left China November, December and went to Europe, you would have done a European travel ban December 31. China travel ban December 31. How many lives could you have saved? So I think it’s actually — when you start to do Monday morning quarterbacking, I think it goes back before that,” he added.
"If this country knew more and knew it earlier, I think we could've saved many, many more lives," Gov. Cuomo says. "Who knew the virus was already here January, February, March? Now, who should have known, it's above my pay grade as governor of one state" https://t.co/HT3uPLR2aJ pic.twitter.com/Sp7oQwwb3l
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 21, 2020
“Now, who should have known, it’s above my pay grade as governor of one state,” Cuomo claimed. “But what federal agency, what international health organization? I don’t know. It’s not what I do. It’s not my responsibility. But somebody has to answer that question.”
As for Clinton’s praising tweet, you can imagine it didn’t go over well with many Americans.
By responsible decisions, you of course mean killing thousands of elderly people by putting COVID patients in nursing homes with them…
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) May 25, 2020
She’s just grown accustomed to saying literary anything and getting away with it.
— KarenSucks 2.0 (@SydMachine2) May 25, 2020
Tell that to the families of loved ones in the nursing homes.
— Joe Pelletier (@endicide) May 25, 2020
New York is an epic disaster. What exactly are you grateful for?
— J Cuatro (@JimmyCuatro) May 25, 2020
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