On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted that he has told New Yorkers the “truth” since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
His statement raised eyebrows due to the nursing home scandal and other investigations into his actions during and before the pandemic.
Cuomo made his remarks during a press conference.
“I told the truth on Covid "from day 1." –@NYGovCuomo
What an absolute joke he is.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) July 26, 2021
Gov. Cuomo: ‘I Have Told You The Facts On COVID From Day One’
“I am telling you as I sit here — I have told you the facts on COVID from day one,” the governor insisted.
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Cuomo continued, “Whether they were easy, whether they were hard, I told you the truth.”
“While a lot of people were talking politics and a lot of people were talking theory and a lot of people were trying to deny because they didn’t want to deliver bad news, I told you the truth,” Cuomo claimed.
Cuomo is currently under multiple investigations – even after the Biden Justice Department declined to probe civil rights violations in the nursing home scandal – including whether his administration intentionally produced misinformation about the actual number of nursing home resident deaths.
New York AG Letitia James: "Among those findings were that a larger number of nursing home residents died from COVID-19 than the New York State Dept of Health’s published nursing home data reflected & may have been undercounted by as much as 50 percent."https://t.co/w5emcw3OWR pic.twitter.com/5GontKCjVB
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 28, 2021
NY AG James Still Investigating
At the beginning of the pandemic, Cuomo issued a policy of forcing nursing homes to accept COVID-19-positive patients.
The policy was eventually done away with, but not until thousands reportedly died over the course of weeks.
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report in January accusing the Cuomo administration of undercounting the nursing home deaths by at least 50 percent.
AG James is a Democrat.
Many critics believe the Cuomo administration knowingly and intentionally undercounted the deaths to protect the then-positive image of his office.
Cuomo is also under investigation for alleged sexual harassment.
On Monday, Cuomo urged New Yorkers to continue following his advice.
“I have told you the facts on COVID from day one, whether they were easy or they were good. I told you the truth. While people were talking politics … I told you the true,” Gov. Cuomo says.
— Josh Solomon (@therealjsolo) July 26, 2021
Cuomo: ‘I Know New Yorkers. Give Them The Facts!’
“I believe in you,” Cuomo said. “I believe in New Yorkers. I believe if they get the truth and they get the facts, they will do the right thing.”
“I’m a lifelong New Yorker,” the governor said. “I know New Yorkers.”
“Give them the facts!” Cuomo declared.
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