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Meghan McCain scolds Gov. Cuomo for ‘disgusting behavior’ over New York nursing home death scandal

Meghan McCain lambasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes, labeling him ‘disgusting’, ‘ghoulish’ and calling for him to resign.

McCain’s scolding comments came as part of a lengthy monologue on The View Wednesday, in which the show’s panel were discussing accusations that Cuomo purposely under-reported the coronavirus death toll in New York’s nursing homes.

While Cuomo has denied the claims, discrediting them as a ‘conspiracy theory’, McCain insisted he should resign after months of ‘completely and utterly ghoulish’ behavior amid the pandemic.

‘He is disgusting,’ McCain thundered. ‘I think there should be a criminal investigation and I think he should step down.’

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Cuomo is currently under fire amid allegations he under-reported nursing home deaths related to the coronavirus. During a press conference Monday, he called such claims 'conspiracy theories'

Meghan McCain lambasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes and called for him to resign. Cuomo (right), meanwhile, has denied he’s responsible for the deaths

CNN reinstates ban on Chris Cuomo featuring family – as the host remains silent on his NY governor brother’s nursing home scandal 

CNN has allegedly reinstated a ban on host Chris Cuomo interviewing his brother, Andrew, despite allowing the New York governor to appear on his show more than ten times last year.

The network was questioned by the Washington Post on Tuesday after Chris, 50, failed to mention his 63-yar-old brother while addressing the biggest stories related to COVID-19 on his show the previous night.

The host’s silence came just hours after the governor had finally addressed in a press conference the latest scandal surrounding his handling of the data involving COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes.

And as Democrats continued to turn against the governor, with nine state assembly members on Tuesday accusing him of an ‘obstruction of justice’.  

The Post had criticized CNN for allowing Chris to deliver ‘over-the-top praise when the governor is up; silence when he’s down’,  after the host completely ignored the press conference. 

CNN said in a statement to the publication that they had earlier allowed the host to break the rules on him interviewing family members as the first months of the pandemic crisis ‘were an extraordinary time’. 

The controversy surrounding Cuomo pertains to an order he introduced at the beginning of the pandemic, in which he stated that COVID-19 patients could be sent back from hospitals to nursing homes, as it was believed then that they were not infectious anymore.

While families of residents killed by the virus say the order added to the number of the deaths, during a Monday press briefing Cuomo claimed 98 percent of the care homes already had COVID-19 in the building before the sick patients were sent back there – and that he was not responsible.

More than 15,000 people have died in New York state’s nursing homes and long term care facilities from COVID-19, but as recently as last month, the state reported only 8,500 deaths.

Regardless, Cuomo insisted Monday that ‘all the deaths in nursing homes and hospitals were fully, publicly, and accurately reported’ – despite an Democrat-led investigation suggesting otherwise.

Host Whoopi Goldberg began the Cuomo segment on the View Wednesday by asking if the embattled governor is taking enough responsibility for New York’s 45,000 COVID-19 deaths.

Panelist Sunny Hostin insisted said she didn’t believe Cuomo had, calling him ‘evasive’ and insisting that she was ‘disappointed’ in the governor’s communication with the public.

‘To be clear, I think that the Trump administration and Pence’s coronavirus task force really stands at the top of responsibility for the almost 500,000 deaths of our loved ones,’ she said. ‘But I think this governor was less than transparent.’

A fired up McCain then chimed in that the Cuomo scandal is personal for her, after her friend, journalist Janice Dean, lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19 in New York nursing homes last year.

‘I have a lot of anger towards this story for two reasons,’ she said, ‘so bear with me.’

McCain continued: ‘The first one is, I think the media has done a really p***-poor job in covering this in lots of ways: He’s been given Emmys, he’s gone on TV and joked about his sex life with giant q-tips with his brother Chris Cuomo.

‘The adulation and the lack of question of him across the board, and his way to evade it, has been nothing short of journalistic malpractice and malfeasance,’ she said.

Host Whoopi Goldberg (top left) began the Cuomo segment on the View Wednesday by asking if the embattled governor is taking enough responsibility for New York’s 45,000 COVID-19 deaths

Host Whoopi Goldberg (top left) began the Cuomo segment on the View Wednesday by asking if the embattled governor is taking enough responsibility for New York’s 45,000 COVID-19 deaths

More than 15,000 people have died in New York state's nursing homes and long term care facilities from COVID-19, but as recently as last month, the state reported only 8,500 deaths (pictured: A COVID-19 patient being wheeled into a Brooklyn hospital in April, 2020)

More than 15,000 people have died in New York state’s nursing homes and long term care facilities from COVID-19, but as recently as last month, the state reported only 8,500 deaths (pictured: A COVID-19 patient being wheeled into a Brooklyn hospital in April, 2020)

The daughter of late Sen. John McCain then said her second issue stems from her being ‘pro-life across the board’.

‘The idea that because you’re old and in a nursing home that your life is somehow worth less than mine – and if you die that way, that we will care less because you are old and dying alone in a nursing home,’ she continued.

‘I think if this involved younger people – or those under 70 – I think we as a society would’ve cared more. There is no empathy coming from Gov. Cuomo.’

McCain then blasted Cuomo for being ‘utterly ghoulish in the way he has talked to people’, and for failing to apologize to the family members of those who’ve lost loved ones in nursing homes, because of the pandemic.

‘He has not apologized to the families who have lost their family members in this way.

‘I think he’s disgusting,’ she said. ‘I think there should be a criminal investigation and I think he should step down.’

In summation, McCain added that no one deserves to ‘die along in a nursing home’ – pandemic or no pandemic.

‘I think about the way my father died, surrounding by family and love, outside in Sedona, surrounded by hawks and animals, with true dignity,’ she concluded. ‘And then the way it could’ve gone, had he not been famous or, god forbid, died from COVID under Andrew Cuomo’s leadership.’

McCain then blasted Cuomo for being ‘utterly ghoulish in the way he has talked to people’, and for failing to apologize to the family members of those who’ve lost loved ones in nursing homes

Cuomo has denied claims his order contributed to more COVID-19 deaths

McCain blasted Cuomo for being ‘utterly ghoulish in the way he has talked to people’, and for failing to apologize to the family members of those who’ve lost loved ones in nursing homes

Cuomo claimed that it was a question of 'political spin' over 'facts' as he hit back at those who claimed he hid the true number of deaths from the public and blamed 'misinformation'

Cuomo claimed that it was a question of ‘political spin’ over ‘facts’ as he hit back at those who claimed he hid the true number of deaths from the public and blamed ‘misinformation’

Much like the sentiments shared by McCain, lawmakers in New York have also fiercely criticized Cuomo, with some calling for his resignation.

In response to Cuomo’s protestations that claims he purposely misreported nursing home deaths are just a ‘conspiracy’, New York State Sen. Jessica Ramos tweeted: ‘Trash. No one believes you.’ 

NY Sen. Alessandra Biaggi added that she believed his press conference was ‘riddled with lies’.

A report late last month from Democratic state Attorney General Letitia James examined the administration’s failure to tally nursing home residents’ deaths at hospitals.

The state then acknowledged the total number of long-term care residents’ deaths is nearly 15,000, up from the 8,500 previously disclosed.

Next, a Freedom of Information request showed that more than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York were released from hospitals into nursing homes in the pandemic’s early months .

This was more than 40 percent higher than the state had said previously because it wasn’t counting residents who returned from hospitals to homes where they already had lived.

It then emerged that Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa had told Democratic lawmakers that the tally of nursing home residents’ deaths at hospitals was delayed because officials worried that the information was ‘going to be used against us’ by the DOJ.

The governor's comments did not satisfy a number of Democratic lawmakers including NY Sen. Alessandra Biaggi

The governor’s comments did not satisfy a number of Democratic lawmakers including NY Sen. Alessandra Biaggi 

New York State Sen. Jessica Ramos tweeted: 'Trash. No one believes you'

New York State Sen. Jessica Ramos tweeted: ‘Trash. No one believes you’

In his Monday press conference, Cuomo said he didn’t cover up deaths but acknowledged that officials should have moved faster to release some information sought by lawmakers, the public and the press.

‘All the deaths in the nursing homes and hospitals were always fully, publicly and accurately reported,’ he claimed.

He explained the matter Monday as a difference of ‘categorization,’ with the state counting where deaths occurred and others seeking total deaths of nursing home residents, regardless of the location.

‘We should have done a better job of providing as much information as we could as quickly as we could,’ he said. ‘No excuses: I accept responsibility for that.’

‘We should not have created the void [of information]. We should have done a better job of providing information and knocking down conspiracy theories.

‘We did not take enough action and the pain is it created confusion, cynicism and pain for the families of a loved one.’

Yet he refused to take any responsibility for any of the deaths in the state’s nursing homes as he continued to blame a ‘toxic political environment,’ and ‘disinformation’ for much of the criticism surrounding his administration’s handling of the issue.

Cuomo said the state was slow to respond to the lawmakers because officials prioritized dealing with requests from the Justice Department and were busy dealing with the work of the pandemic.

‘It´s not like people were in the South of France,’ he said.

‘When we didn´t provide information, it allowed press, people, cynics, politicians, to fill the void,’ he said, and ‘it created confusion and cynicism and pain for the families.’

‘The truth is: Everybody did everything they could.’




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