Fox News Meteorologist Janice Dean slammed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s leadership on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday. He serves the state with the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths, and Dean blamed Cuomo for his failures that resulted in the loss of her loved ones.
Dean criticized a poster Cuomo released earlier in the week titled “New York Tough,” for making light of the 32,000 lives lost under his watch while giving him undue credit for his decisions as governor.
“My husband lost both of his parents. His mom in an assisted living facility and his dad in a nursing home, they died of coronavirus alone. We never had a funeral, we never had a wake, we weren’t able to see them before they died, and to see Governor Cuomo on television, just this past week talking about his love life, and this disgusting poster that is basically a depiction of 32,000 people that died.”
Thank you @JaniceDean for being a leader in the fight to hold Cuomo accountable for the thousands of avoidable deaths in New York nursing homes caused by his reckless policies.
America mourns your loss with you. We won’t let him get away with this. pic.twitter.com/xIveZhZcB3
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 16, 2020
The New York Times wrote an article describing the poster, saying Cuomo’s inspiration for the poster was based on his desire for another way to reveal “the story” he wants to tell. The painting of a mountain “translated the nightmare of the pandemic into an equally nightmarish vision of an island mountain, festooned with icons of death and decline, overlaid with text flying in every direction.”
Among those depicted as “pulling down the curve” with essential workers and health-care workers are also Cuomo’s three daughters and dog.
“It’s not funny. It’s tone deaf. And it makes my heart hurt because we’re still mourning our loved ones,” Dean said. “And we think that part of the reason is because Governor Cuomo allowed over 6,000 COVID-recovering patients into nursing homes for 46 days straight.”