‘Was this meant for your brother?’ CNN’s Chris Cuomo is mocked for tone deaf tweet about leadership while he continues to ignore Gov. Cuomo’s nursing home scandal
- The CNN anchor tweeted about a Texan mayor who said his own town was ‘lazy’
- Cuomo tweeted: ‘Resign or apologize and learn and become a better leader?’
- His own brother, Andrew Cuomo, is facing calls to resign as New York governor
- He is being investigated for a cover up of COVID deaths in NY nursing homes
- Chris Cuomo’s tweet was mocked as being intended for his brother
- The CNN star has, unlike his colleagues, avoided addressing the Cuomo scandal
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been mocked online for tweeting advice about leadership as his own brother, the governor of New York, is facing calls to resign for failing his state.
Chris Cuomo responded to the story of the mayor of Colorado City, Texas, who accused his snowed-in residents of being ‘lazy’. The mayor told them to ‘get off your a**’ instead of seeking help from the local government.
The 50-year-old tweeted a link to the story, commenting: ‘Resign or apologize and learn and become a better leader?’
Andrew Cuomo (left) is being investigated by the FBI while brother Chris tweets on leadership
At least 13,000 nursing home residents are now known to have died of COVID-19 in New York
His comments sparked hilarity and anger, in light of the scandal engulfing his own brother.
Andrew Cuomo, 63, is facing calls to resign and even be prosecuted for covering up the data surrounding the death toll from COVID-19, among nursing home patients.
Tim Boyd, mayor of Colorado City, went viral with his Facebook post on Tuesday that called out the citizens of his own town for being ‘lazy.’ Chris Cuomo called him out in a tweet this week.
Last week his senior aide, Melissa DeRosa, admitted that the administration ‘froze’ in August when asked for information from state politicians, amid fear that the Justice Department would use the data to prosecute them.
The governor insists that the data was provided, but agreed it could have been handed over sooner.
Last month the New York attorney general, Letitia James, found that 13,000 nursing patients had died of COVID-19 – an increase of almost 50 per cent in the official figure given by the Cuomo administration.
The FBI and the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn are now investigating his handling of the pandemic.
The CNN host’s tweet about leadership was immediately seized upon.
Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, was in the Oval Office on Friday to discuss COVID relief
‘Was this meant for your brother?’ asked one.
Another joked: ‘Can I introduce you to the governor of New York?’
‘You don’t need to subtweet your own brother,’ another said.
One called Chris Cuomo a ‘freaking hypocrite’ while another posted a cartoon of Andrew Cuomo as the grim reaper, with blood on his hands.
‘Now do your brother,’ recommended one man.
Another simply said: ‘Should we tell him?’
Cuomo’s pandemic: A timeline of the governor’s response to the COVID-19 crisis
MARCH 1: Female nurse, 39, returning from Iran becomes the first in New York to test positive for COVID-19.
MARCH 2: Cuomo gives the first of 111 consecutive daily televised briefings for New Yorkers
MARCH 13: Donald Trump declares national emergency.
MARCH 14: An 82-year-old woman with emphysema is announced as the first patient to die from the virus.
MARCH 17: New York City mayor Bill de Blasio says city should follow San Francisco with a shelter-in-place order; Cuomo says it will be statewide.
MARCH 19: California Governor Gavin Newsom issues first statewide lockdown order
MARCH 22: Cuomo signs statewide stay-at-home order.
MARCH 25: Cuomo orders that nursing homes accept convalescent COVID patients back into their facilities.
MAY 10: The nursing home ruling is reversed, to insist on a negative COVID test before return to a nursing home. By now, more than 9,000 people have returned to nursing homes.
AUGUST: Questions begin to be asked about the nursing home policy.
AUGUST 26: Department of Justice opens an investigation into New York’s nursing homes and COVID policy.
OCTOBER 13: Cuomo publishes American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
OCTOBER 21: Cuomo announced a policy of isolating identified ‘micro clusters’ of COVID cases.
NOVEMBER 20: Cuomo wins an Emmy ‘in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world’.
JANUARY 28: Attorney General Letitia James released a report finding that New York under-reported the number of deaths among nursing home patients by around 50 per cent, with 13,000 actually dying – not the 8,500 reported.
FEBRUARY 11: Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s secretary, admits that in August they ‘froze’ when asked for nursing home data, and dragged their heels on releasing it. The AP reports that more than 9,000 people were returned to nursing homes to recover from COVID in the period March 25-May 10, a figure 40 per cent higher than the official tally.