New York governor Andrew Cuomo says he is looking into ways to “fix” or “stop” the Trump administration from implementing a vaccine distribution plan.
Cuomo made the extraordinarily tone-deaf comments during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The comments come on the heels of drugmaker Pfizer announcing Monday that their COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be over 90% effective.
The New York Times reports, “Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of the two-dose vaccine later this month, after it has collected the recommended two months of safety data.”
They estimate there will be enough doses to immunize 15 to 20 million people.
Cuomo responded by stating the vaccine itself is good news, but having the Trump administration distribute it would be “bad news.”
And he’s looking into ways to prevent it from happening.
Andrew Cuomo, who is responsible for more covid deaths than any politician in the world, says it’s bad news a covid vaccine arrived during the Trump administration and he will seek to limit its distribution. pic.twitter.com/Z4NkmpiGMd
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 9, 2020
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Cuomo’s Irresponsible Response
Cuomo’s response to the vaccine news is one of the more vile comments I’ve heard come out of any politician’s mouth in some time.
“Well, it’s good news, bad news, George,” Cuomo remarked. “The good news is the Pfizer tests look good and we’ll have a vaccine shortly.”
“The bad news is it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over, and that means this administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan.”
“The vaccine plan is very important and it’s probably the most ambitious undertaking since COVID began.”@GStephanopoulos talks to @NYGovCuomo about the race for a vaccine. https://t.co/vf4hb5Fzyn pic.twitter.com/1FpPXSah4t
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 9, 2020
New York’s Democrat governor wasn’t simply content with spreading the kind of “anti-vaxxer” rhetoric the left loves to decry.
He actually admitted he’s discussing a plan to stop vaccine distribution until a Biden administration can take over.
“You have two months, and we can’t let this vaccination plan go forward the way the Trump administration is designing it because Biden can’t undo it two months later, we’ll be in the midst of it,” Cuomo fretted.
“I’ve been talking to governors across the nation about that; how can we shape the Trump administration vaccine plan to fix it, or stop it before it does damage.”
One thing is clear: Trump broke Gov. Cuomo’s brain. https://t.co/JxFCDjBRt2
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) November 9, 2020
Critics Shred Andrew Cuomo For Saying He’ll Block Vaccine Distribution
Critics seized on Cuomo’s incredibly ill-advised comments.
“This is one of the most irresponsible statements anyone could make,” said Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer.
“Everyone should hope for a vaccine as fast as possible and work together to distribute it as fast as possible.”
“There is nothing Andrew Cuomo will not sanctimoniously politicize,” he added.
Former governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, slammed Cuomo’s comments as “recklessly irresponsible.”
Recklessly irresponsible comment by the guy whose horrible decisions caused massive nursing home deaths. Ask @JaniceDean about it! Gov. Andrew Cuomo Threatens to Block Trump Admin’s Distribution of COVID Vaccine https://t.co/wMoc8ongHw
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 9, 2020
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, no fan of President Trump’s, hammered Cuomo for “shamelessly politicizing” the vaccine, calling it “dangerous and stupid.”
“It is beyond disgusting that Governor Cuomo would use a glimmer of hope for another worn-out ‘Trump is bad’ talking point,” he said.
INBOX: Sasse slams Cuomo’s vaccine politicization pic.twitter.com/16MXc72O5y
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) November 9, 2020
Cuomo’s COVID Record
Cuomo has been embroiled in a coronavirus scandal which many believe cost thousands of senior citizens their lives at the hands of the pandemic.
The order prohibited facilities from requiring incoming patients “to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 14, 2020
“Twenty percent of our lost loved ones are from nursing homes,” said Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean at a recent rally in Brooklyn.
Dean’s husband lost both of his parents to COVID-19, with nursing homes playing a part. She has held Cuomo responsible.
“It’s because Governor Cuomo, and several other Governors, by the way, in different states, forced COVID-recovering patients into nursing homes.”
New York has had more deaths from coronavirus than any other state in the country.
Grateful to be able to speak in Brooklyn with other grieving families that want an apology and answers from @NYGovCuomo about his tragic nursing home order. We also want and independent bipartisan investigation with subpoena power. We’re not going away. pic.twitter.com/rdBwnAxfdY
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 20, 2020
Now Cuomo is willing to once again sacrifice the lives of New Yorker – this time for political reasons.
What a despicable, loathsome human being.
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