Andrew Cuomo is no hero. He's to blame for New York's coronavirus catastrophe
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His record was terrible before coronavirus, but his abysmal handling of the crisis should get him thrown out of office
Lyta Gold and Nathan Robinson
Andrew Cuomo may be the most popular politician in the country. His approval ratings have hit all-time highs thanks to his Covid-19 response. Some Democrats have discussed him as a possible replacement for Joe Biden, due to Biden’s perceived weakness as a nominee. And there have even been some unfortunate tributes to Cuomo’s alleged sex appeal.
All of which is bizarre, because Cuomo should be one of the most loathed officials in America right now. ProPublica recently released a report outlining catastrophic missteps by Cuomo and the New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, which probably resulted in many thousands of needless coronavirus cases. ProPublica offers some appalling numbers contrasting what happened in New York with the outbreak in California. By mid-May, New York City alone had almost 20,000 deaths, while in San Francisco there had been only 35, and New York state as a whole suffered 10 times as many deaths as California.
Federal failures played a role, of course, but this tragedy was absolutely due, in part, to decisions by the governor. Cuomo initially “reacted to De Blasio’s idea for closing down New York City with derision”, saying it “was dangerous” and “served only to scare people”. He said the “seasonal flu was a graver worry”. A spokesperson for Cuomo “refused to say if the governor had ever read the state’s pandemic plan”. Later, Cuomo would blame the press, including the New York Times for failing to say “Be careful, there’s a virus in China that may be in the United States?” even though the Times wrote nearly 500 stories on the virus before the state acted. Experts told ProPublica that “had New York imposed its extreme social distancing measures a week or two earlier, the death toll might have been cut by half or more”.
May 25, 2020 at 3:56 AM #318833Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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cuomos are neoliberal poison, anti-labor, anti-poor, anti-minority
a pox on their house
May 25, 2020 at 5:22 AM #318879
May 25, 2020 at 5:38 AM #318881FedUpParticipant
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Do not get the Cuomo love at all. NY has been a catastrophe. Had he followed Newsom’s lead in California and enacted strict measures earier, the death toll would not have been as horrific. No reason to let him off the hook. He fucked up pure and simple.
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