CNN host Chris Cuomo got into it with Trump Comms Chief Tim Murtaugh Monday night over coronavirus. Murtaugh took the battle to the thin skinned host.
Cuomo Interview With Murtaugh Derails
FNC: “Murtaugh then invoked Cuomo’s own brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He pointed out how the governor credited the Trump administration for providing his state with ‘everything they needed.’ Cuomo denied the claim.
‘No. He said, ‘I went to the federal government. They helped me with things. They did not help with everything. They’re still not helping,’ Cuomo claimed.
The Trump campaign spokesman then accused the ‘Cuomo Prime Time’ host of asking “self-righteous questions and talking about people taking it seriously.”
‘Does this look like a couple of guys who were taking it seriously?’ Murtaugh asked, holding a printed screenshot of Cuomo’s Q-Tip exchange with his brother back in May. ‘You had your brother on for the Cuomo Brothers Comedy Hour, joking about the size of the Q-Tip that you would need for his nose to take the test.’
Cuomo Gets Defensive
‘Yeah, I did. It was funny as hell,’ Cuomo defended his comedy bit. ‘Now, you took your swing. It missed. So now let’s discuss. Is that all you got? That my brother didn’t take Covid seriously? Are you kidding yourself? That I made fun with him at a time of such acute distress?’
‘This is not an interview, Chris. This is a lecture,’ Murtaugh quipped.
‘I’m not trying to lecture. I’m trying to rebut what you put out there,’ Cuomo shot back. ‘You’re the one who lectured me with the picture of my brother and I, which was very funny, a time when our country was hurting.’
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‘I didn’t think it was that funny,’ Murtaugh said.”
EPIC! Trump campaign comms director Tim Murtaugh calls out Chris "Fredo" Cuomo for making a mockery of the coronavirus pandemic when he whipped out a giant q-tip and refused to address his brother's (NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo) nursing home deaths.https://t.co/wUC5Atokpu pic.twitter.com/HFaLF3WRUR
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) October 27, 2020
Murtaugh is right. Regardless of the ideological context, Chris Cuomo is not a witty guy. His inside the family humor crashed and burned and his timing was hideous. Would he have asked Jackie Kennedy, “Aside from that, how was Dallas?”
Cuomo Called Out For His Own Hypocrisy
Then Murtaugh went after Cuomo on the host’s own hypocrisy, “Why did you get reprimanded by your own apartment building?” Murtaugh asked, referring to a missive Cuomo received for not wearing a mask around his building.
“Because I did the wrong thing,” a visibly-upset Cuomo responded. “Why won’t the president adjust his messaging?” He tried to pivot but Murtaugh wouldn’t left him off the hook.
Murtaugh then asked the CNN anchor if he was in agreement with “guideline following.” When Cuomo said yes, Murtaugh hit him with the incident where Cuomo confronted a cyclist who saw him standing outside his townhouse while he was supposedly recovering from the coronavirus. Cuomo said he ever broke quarantine. But the bicyclist saw him.
“You came home and you pretended to rise up from your basement like Lazarus even though you had already broken quarantine while you were Covid-positive,” Murtaugh said, nailing him again. Cuomo was reduced to shaking like a leaf with frustration and rage the rest of the interview. Well played, Murtaugh.
This piece was written by David Kamioner on October 28, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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