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If CNN anchor Chris Cuomo could bottle the chutzpah he displays on almost a daily basis and sell it, he’d be far more wealthy than he already is — he reportedly has an annual salary of $6 million.
But then, arrogance and conceit run in the family. Just look at brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the embattled Democratic politician facing investigations over thousands of nursing home deaths and a slew of allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior.
The egotistical Cuomo-maniac suggested on air Tuesday night during the hand-off to equally arrogant colleague Don Lemon that they should get preferential seating when dining out.
His reasoning, aside from the fact that they are liberal elitists, is because they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The banter between the two included talk about those hesitant to get the vaccine, out of concern over potential unknown risks.
“The trick is,” Cuomo said, “how do you make them realize that doing it is worth it, beyond information and personal satisfaction of prophylaxis.”
“Do you pay them?” Lemon asked.
Cuomo was good with that — after all, it’s not his money — as he shared that he pays his children for good grades. Lemon bemoaned about how he would have had a better GPA and “a better job” if someone had paid him for good grades.
“I have to pay when they don’t get the grades,” Cuomo said, with a shrug. “I’ve got pay for the tutors and all the other stuff.”
“So I’m fine with that. Donuts, beer, businesses — I think you and I, we call for a table … we’re both vaccinated. I think we should get a preference. I’m fine with it,”
“Listen, there are many things we disagree on,” Lemon chimed in. “This one we don’t disagree on.”
Of course, when it comes to the pandemic, Cuomo seems to believe that rules are different for him.
Almost one year ago exactly, Cuomo was emerging from his basement in what many saw as a “scripted” TV moment. The CNN host had allegedly been in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus and was even doing his show from the basement.
The only problem being that Cuomo allegedly violated his quarantine a week earlier, on Easter Sunday, hitting the streets with his wife and children to check on a home he was having built.
According to a cyclist, he got into an altercation with Cuomo after questioning why he wasn’t in quarantine. The cyclist described Cuomo as a “boiling pot,” saying the CNN host angrily pushed back at him.
The Long Island biker, named David, filed a police report against Cuomo afterwards.
There was also a report that Cuomo was seen jogging in the Hamptons the very day he had yet to emerge from his basement, which was aired on air that evening.
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