A convenient amnesty: Cuomo says nobody to be punished for nursing home deaths

How's this for convenient?

New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo thinks no one should be prosecuted for the 5,000 nursing home deaths in New York that occurred in the wake of the coronavirus on the grounds that they all were going to die anyway.  According to CBS News:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday addressed the state's early response to the coronavirus outbreak and said "nobody" should be prosecuted for the those who died, noting that "older people" were most vulnerable. The governor has been criticized for a decision in March, which has since been reversed, to send patients back to nursing homes after they tested positive for COVID-19. More than 4,800 people died from COVID-19 in nursing homes in the state between March 1 and May 1, according to a tally released by the Cuomo administration on May 1. Cuomo has called nursing homes a "feeding frenzy" for the coronavirus. "Despite whatever you do, because with all our progress as a society, we can't keep everyone alive," Cuomo said.

James Woods tweeted what everyone was thinking:

This is mighty, mighty convenient when you think about it, because the only person who should be prosecuted for this fiasco is he.

Cuomo, who had been last seen throwing out the fireworks for abortion, is the one who seeded the nursing homes with COVID-19 patients, some arriving from hospitals complete with heavy body bags to prepare for the inevitable.  Anyone with an I.Q. over 70 would know that letting a COVID-19 patient into a nursing home for any reason whatsoever is a disaster.  It's why most nursing homes had to shut down completely, with little old ladies looking at their waving grandchildren through home windows.  You don't put people radiating the coronavirus from every pore in close quarters with homes full of the country's most vulnerable people, no matter how many masks and walls you've got.  Not ever.  One little breach, and it's an easy death sentence on the vulnerable old people.  Yet Cuomo's administration ordered that very awfulness as a "mandate" with force of law to the nursing homes on "anti-discrimination" grounds, despite having ample space on President Trump's dispatched floating hospitals sitting dockside.  And at the time, he suggested that any nursing home that wouldn't take them might just get its license pulled for not being able to operate a safe facility, which was the message heard.  And when problems started cropping up, and the nursing home death toll started soaring, he then went and blamed greedy capitalist nursing homes wanting money from the unsafe virus-radiating patients, until proof rolled out that it was he who ordered the disastrous move.

The 5,000 deaths are on him, and there's only one person who ought to be prosecuted for this mass murder: and it's he.

Now Cuomo is probably aware that public figures in office can't be sued.  But it's telling that he still doesn't want nursing homes prosecuted, either.  Why would that be? 

Because every last one of them will produce the kill order from Cuomo, as well as the records of unanswered phone calls from nursing home operators who desperately tried to alert the state to the lethal idiocy of shoving COVID-19 patients right into the heart of nursing homes, and make it a big public issue.  That wouldn't be convenient for Cuomo and his presidential aspirations. 

This "no prosecution" argument is nothing more than an effort to cover his butt.  The amnesty he's offering on such disgusting grounds — that they were all going to die anyway — is an amnesty he's offering for himself.

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