'Blood on his hands' — Andrew Cuomo admits forcing COVID-19 patients into nursing homes, refuses to take blame

New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his political allies were quick to declare that President Trump had "blood on his hands" based on the state's failure to prepare supplies for the coronavirus pandemic.

It now comes to light that the bloody hands were Cuomo's.

It's not just that the subways were continuously running packed, or New York City's schools took a long time to shut, or city officials were busy going to the gym, if not encouraging people to attend those Chinatown parades, the better to Get Trump.

The worst of it was from the death toll coming out of New York City's nursing homes, where a disproportionate percent of New York's humongous death toll occurred.  Not only were the nursing homes with the city's most vulnerable residents not so much as basically protected, but they were positively seeded with COVID-19 patients, rolling in from the hospitals, forced into the homes no matter how much the homes objected, because "discrimination."  Nursing homes weren't even allowed to ask incoming patients if they were coming back "stabilized" from the coronavirus units.  This, despite President Trump having sent a whole hospital ship to take care of such outbound COVID-19 patients, which stood largely empty.  Instead of sending them there, the nursing homes were positively forced to take the COVID-19 patients while the hospitals, knowing what was going to happen, sent along extra body bags with the arriving COVID-19 patients to prepare for the inevitable.

Cuomo, the one who spoke of Trump's hands being bloodied, sleazily denied any knowledge of this horrible, lethal decision and even argued that protecting nursing homes was "not our job."  He mendaciously told critics elsewhere that his forcings were consistent with CDC guidelines.  He threatened nursing homes with de-certification if they "couldn't protect" the resident patients being shoved in with newly arriving COVID-19 patients.  His creepy spokesman called the outcry nothing but the nursing homes' bid to deflect blame from "their own failures."  He continually dodged blame for the outrageous decision, which left more than 5,000 nursing home patients dead.

And for good measure, he threw in that the whole problem was a matter of greedy capitalist nursing home seeking to get that extra paying patient, as if losing a whole lot of other paying patients — to death — had never figured in their calculations as if that were the case.

It was complete garbage.  Now the smoking-gun documents are out, showing that yes, it was Cuomo who ordered the COVID-19 patients into the nursing homes because political correctness.

Now he says the order was wrong and claims he has reversed it (the New York Post says there's enough weasel room to say it's not reversed), and instead of blaming himself, he claims that the problem was some underling, health commissioner Howard Zucker, who ought to be fired and out on his ear if not in the dock for murder.  Somehow he's not.

Instead of accept any blame, Cuomo continues to make sick excuses.  He now says "some" nursing homes "simply misunderstood" the rules, as if they couldn't read that decertification threat embedded within the original order, or the words "must accept" from his goon Zucker.  It was all "a failure to communicate," he now claims.  Previous coverage from the New York Post says the nursing homes desperately tried to communicate and got cut off or ignored by state authorities.

In short, whole thing is bee ess.  Not only is Cuomo the worst of all coronavirus managers, and that is saying a lot, but he's also the weaseliest, most dishonest governor in the aftermath, making him the worst governor in America, blaming others when the blame entirely lies on him.  He ought to be thrown out by voters.  One can only hope...

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