The campaign by critics of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bid to hide nursing home COVID-19 deaths as he basked in media praise for his virus efforts is kicking into a higher gear today with a new video call for him to go.
The conservative Washington-based Committee to Unleash Prosperity posted a video detailing the alleged failures of Cuomo’s virus efforts juxtaposed with his bragging book and Emmy for holding daily coronavirus briefings.
“Andrew Cuomo claims he protected nursing homes. It didn’t work. Cuomo lied,” said the video shown to Secrets. “Seniors died in darkness while Cuomo took the spotlight,” it said, adding, “Cuomo lied. Seniors died.”
Committee member Phil Kerpen, also the president of American Commitment, a policy think tank, has been doggedly following the virus statistics and said Cuomo deserves special criticism.
“Gov. Cuomo forced highly infectious patients into nursing homes despite widespread warnings that doing so would cost lives and worse hospital overcrowding. He kept this disastrous policy in place for six devastating weeks and then steadfastly refused to disclose the real number of long-term care resident deaths in the state, hiding behind a ‘place of death’ number that was a fraction of the real number and inconsistent with reporting from every other state,” said Kerpen.
Cuomo keeps saying he only lied about WHERE people died. But he also still refuses to include probable deaths in the count — and New York has a lot of them, because testing was scarce early.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) February 21, 2021
NEWSWEEK: It’s Time to Impeach Andrew Cuomo. “The truth behind the obfuscation and lies is this: The governor snuck a toxic corporate immunity clause in the 2020 budget on behalf of his top campaign donor, the Greater New York Hospital Association. You don’t need a PhD to understand that handing out get-out-of-jail-free cards to for-profit nursing homes in the middle of a pandemic will lead to more deaths.”