There are few things uglier in modern politics than when the blame game gets heated, especially when the infraction incurred tugs at our heartstrings.
In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic’s assault on America, a strange and sordid story began to emerge out of New York. In the fog of war, and battling a novel and deadly strain of the virus, New York authorities began shuffling COVID-19 patients around, attempting to create space between the infected and the uninfected.
Perhaps in their haste, someone within the decision-making process, utilized maneuvering that sent sick sufferers to nursing homes, where they were inadvertently spreading the virus to some of the most at-risk patients on the planet.
Now, New York is trying to find out who’s to blame for his, and it has the Governor and the Mayor of New York City at each other’s throats.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio backed up New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim following a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened Kim during a heated phone call.
And during a press conference Thursday, de Blasio also renewed calls for a probe into the nursing home controversy.
“There clearly needs to be a full investigation,” de Blasio said. “We’re talking about thousands of people who were lost, our seniors, our elders, families that still dont know the truth and questions need to be answered to make sure nothing like this happens again. There absolutely needs to be a full investigation.”
The New York Post had reported that, according to Kim, Cuomo called the assemblyman on Feb. 11 after the newspaper reported that Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa acknowledged withholding nursing home death numbers in order to avoid possible consequences from the Justice Department. Kim had spoken out against Cuomo’s administration following that report, and during the call Cuomo reportedly asked Kim if he was “an honorable man,” and threatened that Kim “will be finished” and “destroyed.”
De Blasio’s statement was alarming in its bluntness.
“Yeah, it’s a sad thing to say,” de Blasio told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday. “But that’s classic Andrew Cuomo. A lot of people in New York State have received those phone calls.”
The Empire State’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has come under serious scrutiny in recent weeks, as a number of new facts have come to light regarding the COVID-19 nursing home situation.
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