Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean has called Andrew Cuomo responsible for coronavirus deaths in New York, even if the governor blames President Trump.
Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters that he blames the president "for every death from COVID in New York state."
The governor ridiculed Trump as "patient zero" and the top "super-spreader" of the virus.
"I hold Donald Trump responsible for every death in Covid, New York, because Trump lied," accused Cuomo.
"New York State had this big outbreak because it was from Europe, not China, and they never banned European travel for lying to the American people," the Democrat claimed.
"He's the super spreader that brought the virus to America."
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY): “I hold Donald Trump responsible for every death from COVID in New York State … He lied. And combined with his lies, he was incompetent. “Pic.twitter.com/6p6uRWUk0d
– The recount (@therecount) October 20, 2020
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Cuomo's misleading comments
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Cuomo's comments are incredibly rich. In one breath he calls President Trump a liar and in another he is downright lying.
"It was his lie that said this was nothing to worry about, this was a joke," the governor claimed.
Politifact considers this claim, which is repeated again and again by Democrats, to be false.
"This oft-repeated statement, incorrectly attributed to President Donald Trump, has its roots in a February 28 rally in South Carolina," they write.
"But it's a misrepresentation of what he actually said was an attack on the Democrats' response to the virus."
Why are you lying? Check yourself out RT @PolitiFact: At the Vice Presidential Debate last night, Kamala Harris reiterated a false claim that President Trump called the coronavirus a "hoax". https://t.co/ReltyM5id2 pic.twitter.com/aLyXDrCGMN
– TheCause & TheCure (@ Tiffy_Tiff87) October 8, 2020
It is also misleading to pretend President Trump did not try to stop the virus from spreading.
Mount Sinai, which declares China is "the origin of the virus," cites the government's efforts to stop the spread.
"The government has put in place targeted screening of suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and a series of successive nationwide travel restrictions to prevent the introduction of SARS-CoV-2 into the US from outbreak spots in China, Iran and later to prevent mainland Europe countries from becoming the continental United States. "
“Despite these measures,” they write, the first COVID cases in New York “came mainly from European and US sources”.
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Janice Dean, White House Hammer Cuomo, and Demand Accountability
White House spokeswoman Sarah Matthews slammed Cuomo for his comments.
"His revisionist history cannot obliterate his grossly incompetent decisions or the fact that President Trump took bold, aggressive actions that saved lives in New York and every state in the country," she said.
His remarks are particularly bold, however, as the governor is currently embroiled in a scandal in which he has issued an order forcing nursing homes to admit patients who have tested positive for coronavirus.
The order banned facilities requiring incoming patients to "be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission," and may have contributed to well over 6,600 deaths in New York.
The CDC has unfortunately made it optional for nursing homes to report COVID deaths in March, April and early May when the pandemic was worst in New York.
But some houses did the right thing – and often reported significantly higher numbers than NYS DOH reported. https://t.co/6WSYZno25L pic.twitter.com/zIQOPExDLH
– Bill Hammond (@NYHammond) September 8, 2020
Cuomo's tactic in responding to the scandal was to deny that it ever happened.
"It just never happened in New York where we had to say to a nursing home," We need you to take this person in even though they are COVID positive, "he said." It never happened. "
He even denied there was a policy ordering COVID-positive patients to be brought into nursing homes.
Janice Dean, whose parents were both victims of COVID-19 and involved nursing homes, has held Cuomo accountable.
– Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 14, 2020
"He won't take any responsibility," she said at a recent rally in Brooklyn.
"And he's blaming everyone else except the man who signed that executive order."
When asked who is to blame, Dean has some very clear thoughts.
"This should be one of the biggest stories of this 2020 pandemic," she suggested.
"Twenty percent of our lost loved ones are from nursing homes," Dean continued.
"And that's because, by the way, Governor Cuomo and several other governors in various states have forced COVID-recovering patients into nursing homes."
I'm grateful to be able to speak to other grieving families in Brooklyn who want apologies and replies from @NYGovCuomo about its tragic nursing home order. We also want an independent bipartisan investigation with subpoena powers. We're not going away. pic.twitter.com/rdBwnAxfdY
– Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 20, 2020
Dean has called for an "independent bipartisan investigation with subpoena" and poked Cuomo for taking a book tour to celebrate his response to the pandemic.
"The fact that he's in every single program and hardly ever asked about the nursing homes makes our grief worse," said Dean.
"I'm not here because I work or who I choose," she continued. "I'm here to support all of these wonderful people who are now part of my family because we need answers about what happened and why it happened."
Even so, I won't stop fighting and thank EVERYONE for saying you have my back. Your comments bring tears to my eyes. pic.twitter.com/LUu1ePOWSS
– Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 19, 2020
In August, the Justice Department announced that they had requested information from New York about pandemic-related orders that may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of senior citizens in nursing homes.
“It's not political. It's about accountability, "explained Dean.