New York governor Andrew Cuomo has a problem on his hands. After failing to address criticism that his policies resulted in thousands of COVID-related deaths in nursing homes for most of last year, the New York governor now faces the reality that the state’s coronavirus death toll at its nursing homes was actually much higher than it was earlier reported. The new adjusted death toll, according to The New York Times, adds 3,800 mortalities or 40 percent, to nursing home deaths.
Yet Donald Trump Jr. to managed to snatch a public relations defeat from the potential jaws of victory by sharing the story on social media and attempting to discredit both the New York Governor and his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo with a tweet proclaiming: “Don’t worry folks Chris Cuomo is going to be all over this one!” And to say that the internet didn’t take the comment sitting down.
The Trump administration's comments about the pandemic came back to haunt Don, Jr
One user remarked: “I’m old enough to remember when Andrew Cuomo asked your daddy for help when dealing with COVID-19. He never got that help, if anyone is responsible for those nursing home deaths it’s your father.” Another reminded Don Jr. of the ever-changing narrative that the country saw as the pandemic was unfolding, saying: “So you went from saying that Covid was being over reported and heart attacks were being reported as Covid (when both were listed) to now they underreported? What ever fits your narrative at the moment, eh?” A third pointed out: “Imagine if Daddy would have told Cuomo the information he needed to know. It’s a simple concept, really, Don Jr. It’s called Cause and Effect. Daddy knew!”
One user posted a screenshot of an early Donald Trump tweet about the pandemic, which said: “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus (sic), with 22 deaths. Think about that!” His caption: “Don’t worry folks Donald Trump Jr is going to be all over this one!”
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