Liberal critics became enraged on Saturday when President Donald Trump dared to venture out of the White House for his first golf outing after months of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
He went to the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia to kick off the Memorial Day weekend with three golf partners and — to the media’s horror — none of them were wearing masks.
Worse yet, he went there a second day in a row on Sunday under the watchful eye of his Democratic foes who have been carefully noting his arrival and departure times. CNN even posted a video of Trump captured with a long-range lens.
Democratic operative Scott Dworkin tweeted “100,000 Americans dead under his watch. And he’s golfing. Again. Trump is the biggest fraud and failure ever.”
The Twitterverse has also been in overdrive, raging about the economy and the availability of coronavirus testing. These naysayers were lapping up the slapstick comedy of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his brother, CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo, just last week.
The host of Cuomo Tonight brought out a giant Q-Tip last Wednesday night during the brothers’ almost weekly comedy routine. It was supposed to mimic the one used to test the governor for coronavirus earlier that week on live TV. They also had a great time yucking it up about their nose sizes.
“Now, a few questions about this process,” Chris said after playing a clip of his brother getting tested.
“First of all, is it true that when you were having the test administered, you inhaled and the doctor’s finger went all the way up your nose and got stuck and it had to be released with a tool? Is that true? Just to deal with the record?”
He cracked up as he pulled out the giant fake swab noting, “This was the actual swab that was being used to fit up that double barreled shotgun that you have mounted up that pretty face.”
“I said I was going to be nice and sweet and cooperative,” said the guffawing governor who noted earlier that the nurse said he had a “delicate little button nose.”
“Of course you were. That swab is like a piece of lint going in that thing in your face. How could it have collected anything? It was like throwing a rock around a cave,” he joked. “Was it this or was it this? Tell people the truth. Come on, Love Gov. Come on, which was it?”
The brotherly comedy duo schtick earned rave reviews from Ana Navarro-Cardenas, political commentator for CNN, Telemundo and The View.
“For months, @CNN has carried almost 24/7 sobering Covid-news,” she wrote. “A few minutes of friendly bantering b/w 2 brothers w/high-profile, high-stress jobs, is not supposed to be journalism. It’s called humor. It is a coping mechanism for some of us. Simple. If it offends you, don’t watch.”
The one thing that never came up at the CNN Laffapalooza was the governor’s March 25 order requiring New York’s nursing homes to accept 4,300 recovering coronavirus patients, which they could not refuse. The directive turned nursing homes into hot spots, leading to the deaths of thousands of elderly patients.
New York leads the nation in nursing home deaths. Since March 2, at least 5,700 people, mostly elderly, have died in nursing homes across the state due to COVID-19, and the numbers keep climbing. Cuomo later reversed his decision on May 10, after intense media scrutiny, but it was too late.
That week Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi called the attacks “a sick and sad attempt to politicize this pandemic using a policy that is consistent with the current Republican federal administration.”
“This nursing home directive was based on CDC guidelines and is virtually identical to several other states,” he said in a statement. “And the clear policy is if a nursing home does not have the facilities, the staff nor the protective equipment to care for a resident, they must transfer them to a place that can — period,” he said.
Cuomo’s aids inserted a provision on Page 347 of the 2021 budget in early March giving nursing homes immunity from coronavirus lawsuits.
The governor dumped the blame on President Donald Trump on Saturday, arguing he was following CDC guidance.
“I’m not going to get into the political back-and-forth, but anyone who wants to ask why did the state do that with patients in nursing homes, it is because the state followed President Trump’s CDC guidance, so they should ask President Trump,” Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday.
“New York followed the president’s agency’s guidance. So that depoliticizes it. What New York did was follow what the Republican administration said to do. That’s not my attempt to politicize it. That’s my attempt to depoliticize it. So don’t criticize the state for following the president’s policy,” he said.
The Associated Press has estimated that outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities have killed more than 30,000 people, more than one-third of all coronavirus deaths in the country.