As more details emerge about the Andrew Cuomo administration’s admitted cover-up of the true number of coronavirus-related deaths in New York’s nursing homes, more and more members of the Democratic governor’s own party are apparently turning on him — and not just over his failed COVID-19 policies.
According to the New York Post, the latest Democrat to stab Cuomo in the back is New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said after the governor was accused of “bullying” a state legislator, “That’s classic Andrew Cuomo.”
De Blasio, who has often tangled with Gov. Cuomo himself over the years, shredded the governor during an appearance Thursday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, where he was asked about the claims recently put forward by New York state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D).
According to the Post, Kim’s uncle died of COVID-19 in a New York nursing home, one of hundreds to have been impacted by the governor’s policy of returning coronavirus-positive seniors to their assisted living facilities to finish their recoveries.
“Classic Andrew Cuomo”
Once news of Cuomo’s cover-up got out, Kim was incensed, but said the governor threatened to “destroy” him if he spoke out critically about the situation.
“It’s a sad thing to say, Mika, but that’s classic Andrew Cuomo,” de Blasio told MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski of the claim, according to the Post.
“A lot of people in New York state have received those phone calls,” the mayor added Thursday. “The bullying is nothing new. I believe Ron Kim and it’s very, very sad. No public servant, no person who is telling the truth, should be treated that way.”
De Blasio went on: “The threats, the belittling, the demand that someone change their statement right that moment — many, many times I’ve heard that and I know a lot of other people in the state that have heard that.”
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly threatening a lawmaker over nursing home criticism:
“That’s classic Andrew Cuomo … The bullying is nothing new.” pic.twitter.com/N1GwDtDRRU
— The Recount (@therecount) February 18, 2021
“It’s not a surprise”
According to Breitbart, de Blasio later said he believed Kim completely. “It’s — first of all, I know him, he’s a good public servant,” the mayor remarked. “I’ve always seen him as a person of integrity, but it’s just — the script is exactly what a lot of us have heard before.”
De Blasio added: “It’s not a surprise. It’s sad. It’s not the way people should be treated. And, you know, a lot of people get intimidated by that. I give him credit for not being intimidated.”
Cuomo’s office maintains that Kim has been “lying about his conversation” with the governor, the Post reports.