The Worst: Cuomo Sows Vaccine Doubts While Hawking Book Celebrating New York's COVID 'Success'

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 10:05 AM
The Worst: Cuomo Sows Vaccine Doubts While Hawking Book Celebrating New York's COVID 'Success'

Source: Kevin P. Coughlin/ Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP

My opinion on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been made extremely clear for months. I stand by everything I've written, which has combined factual information with earned contempt. Cuomo is a shameless liar who has been taking a ghoulish, self-enriching victory lap over his catastrophically failed response to COVID-19, which saw New York rank at the very top (by far) of the death list. Determined to tarnish his legacy even further, Cuomo is now spreading unscientific fears about forthcoming Coronavirus vaccines, baselessly calling into question the validity and safety of the FDA approval process. Cortney flagged this earlier in the week, but it remains jaw-dropping:

"Cuomo going ahead and peddling ill-informed anti-vaxx narratives regarding a virus that has killed a significant portion of his state is the height of irresponsibility," writes Alicia Smith, who follows COVID data closely. For all the Left's ostentatious genuflecting about "the science" and "trusting the experts," Cuomo went on national television to dump on a process that none other than Dr. Anthony Fauci has assured Americans will be thorough and trustworthy:

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leader in the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus, said Americans should feel confident in the development and efficacy of a vaccine. This comes as a growing majority of people say they are not likely to be immunized as soon as a vaccine is available. It’s “disturbing” that so many people are reticent to get a vaccine, he said, blaming “mixed messages that have come out of Washington” for waning public trust...“I feel cautiously optimistic, as a scientist, that we will have a safe and effective vaccine,” Fauci said. “I believe it will happen, and it will happen likely by this end of the calendar year.

If Fauci is frustrated by "mixed messages" coming out of Washington, he must really detest the deliberate sowing of groundless doubts by prominent Democratic politicians -- from the party's vice presidential nominee to the governor of New York. Right? And if you missed it last week, read this New York Times assessment of the amazing efficiency of Operation Warp Speed. Perhaps Cuomo missed that story or just doesn't care. The governor's selective interest in real data and science extends beyond reckless vaccine trutherism:

Why are politicians and unions insisting on ignoring the science and hurting children?  Regardless, it's breathtaking to watch Cuomo hawking books about his worst-in-the-nation COVID "success," and even more breathtaking to watch some media outlets go face-first into the tank in support of his insulting propaganda:

I must remind you that Cuomo is actively covering up his lethal nursing home policy with suppressed and manipulated data, while straight-up lying about what his administration mandated. This is the leader whose handling of Coronavirus Joe Biden has showcased and acclaimed as a model for the country (and for some unfathomable reason, Republicans have largely chosen to ignore this glaring line of attack). Some New Yorkers are refusing to play along with the charade:

Try to imagine their anger and grief.  Here's my conversation from yesterday with Janice Dean (who lost both of her in-laws to COVID in New York nursing homes). I'll leave you with some concerning trends about the virus, which help illustrate why we should all be rooting hard for a vaccine -- not peddling fear-mongering doubts on that front:

But there is some genuinely heartening news on this front, too: