Trump presidential campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh slammed CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday night during a live broadcast for criticizing Trump’s COVID-19 response while he and his brother New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not take coronavirus seriously themselves.
“You’re going to ask me these self-righteous questions and talk about people taking it seriously? Does this look like a couple of guys who were taking it seriously?” Murtaugh asked, holding up a paper screenshot of the Chris and Andrew joking together on a CNN segment in the middle of the pandemic.
“You had your brother on for the Cuomo brothers comedy hour, joking about the size of the Q-tip that you would need for his nose for a test. Does that sound like somebody who was taking it very seriously?” Murtaugh asked.
Cuomo simply responded that it was “funny as hell.”
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While Cuomo tried to lecture Murtaugh on the dangers of the virus, claiming that Trump “has no plan to do anything better,” Murtaugh pointed out that Cuomo violated COVID-19 protocols numerous times.
“Why did you get reprimanded by your own apartment building for failing to wear a mask? We know you broke quarantine and went to the Hamptons,” Murtaugh said. “And you pretended to rise up from your basement like Lazarus even though you had already broken quarantine while you were COVID-positive.”
“And now you want to lecture me about who obeys what rules?” Murtaugh added.
While Cuomo acknowledged that he was in the wrong for not wearing a mask, he completely denied breaking his quarantine, despite evidence showing otherwise.
“I never broke quarantine. You just want to mock my getting sick,” he said.
The argument continued when Murtaugh began to defend Trump’s COVID-19 response.
“Your own brother, the governor of New York, said that every time he turned to the administration, the federal government was there with everything,” Murtaugh said.
“He said, ‘I went to the federal government. They helped me with things. They did not help with everything. They’re still not helping,'” Cuomo replied.
“Yes, he absolutely said that,” Murtaugh responded, pointing to Trump’s push for innovation and expedited ventilator production for New York.
“Your brother predicted a ventilator shortage. He said he needed 40,000 ventilators or people would die,” Murtaugh explained. “That shortage never materialized because the president engaged the private sector and the government to create the equipment, the PPE, the gowns, the gloves, and the ventilators that we need.”