Coronavirus seems to be attacking CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s mind, or maybe he’s just been quarantined in his basement too long.
He went on a crude rant against President Donald Trump during his show, Cuomo Prime Time, Tuesday night.
Last week he was having such high fevers and rigors that he chipped a tooth and even reconnected with his dead father while hallucinating. Incoherence is also a known symptom of coronavirus.
“I feel lousy because it’s nighttime, and I’m a little depressed because yesterday and today, the fever came back with a little bit more gusto than it had in the past couple of days before that,” Cuomo said Tuesday while bantering with CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
“It’s hard to have a fever for 20 hours a day,” he said.” It just wears you down emotionally, and it makes you start to question things even though I know all the probabilities are on my side. I know I’m not dealing with metastatic cancer here, I get it, but the less knowns there are, and the longer it takes, you start to doubt.”
Is that why he got triggered after listening to Tuesday’s White House press briefing? A reporter quoted Trump talking about the COVID-19 pandemic in late February.
“[W}hen you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done” the president said.
He defended that statement, saying at the time he understood the nature of the threat facing the country but did not want to create panic.
“The cases really didn’t build up for a while, but you have to understand, I’m a cheerleader for this country,” said Trump.
“I don’t want to create havoc and shock and everything else. I’m not going to go out and start screaming: “This could happen, this could happen.” But ultimately, when I was saying that, I’m also closing it down. I obviously was concerned about it.”
Cuomo started yelling in his basement after listening to the clip: ‘That’s what leadership is! Anybody can tell people what they want to hear, and make it easy. And then you know what you get? Exactly where we are right now.
“That was the most asinine statement of leadership I have ever heard. I can’t even dismiss it on the president having a 102 fever like I do,” said the irate prime time host.
‘That is clear thinking from him: “I’m a cheerleader, so I’m going to lie to you about the realities that your parents, your loved ones and your kids face. I’m not going to prepare the way I should because it reinforces the bulls**t I’m telling you. And I hope you’re okay with it.”
“We’ve got to do better than that. This president must do better than that.”
“The good news is, he can. The bad news is, he refuses to. And that, I have no answer for,” said Cuomo.
“He said we’d be good by Easter. On Easter Sunday, you know what, I will be sick. And I will be sick for some time to come. Somebody telling me something else doesn’t make me feel any better. It makes me feel worse about them.”
“I demand truth for my situation. I demand truth for you as well. Again, too many of us have parents loved ones and kids in the balance!” Cuomo exclaimed.
Clearly, based on his lung capacity, the TV anchor is on the mend after days of battling the illness while broadcasting from home. He says he lost 13 pounds in 3 days while battling coronavirus. His wife Cristina better serve him some more whole, organic meals and chicken soup.