#CuomoCoverUp trended on Twitter after New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo refused to accept blame for his administration's intentional withholding of accurate reporting on COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes.
Social media users exposed the scandal across Twitter to hold Cuomo and his team responsible, questioning why the state's leadership took so long to release the full count of coronavirus deaths in long-term care facilities and misled New Yorkers about the real reason for the delay—not tedious, ongoing efforts to ensure the data's accuracy before public release.
Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean implored Albany reporters to inquire whether Cuomo can provide the "treasure trove of documents" he was preparing for the Justice Department, claiming that an unidentified senior DOJ official did not witness any evidence of the alleged transaction.
Dean's outspoken campaign to garner even the slightest trace of liability is paired with her sister-in-law Donna Johnson's emotional interview with the New York Post. Johnson lost both of her parents to COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic after they contracted the virus at senior care institutions.
Johnson said that the epidemic and subsequent cover-up "looked like murder" given the thousands of senior citizens left dead. "I mean people don't have grandmas and grandpas and moms and dads anymore because of one man's decision," Johnson fired, calling Cuomo an unchecked "serial killer."
"The governor should resign amid this scandal," commented 2020 House candidate Avery Pereira who ran last year to represent New York's 7th Congressional District. "Those who lost loved ones deserve justice," he wrote.
New York City councilman Joe Borelli noted that Cuomo had "no time" to answer the legislature, the Department of Justice, and the press on COVID-19 deaths but "found time" to write, publicize, and push his own 320-page book on "leadership lessons" that he learned from the public health crisis.
Cuomo "tells the riveting story of how he took charge in the fight against COVID-19 as New York became the epicenter of the pandemic, offering hard-won lessons in leadership and his vision for the path forward," the New York Times bestseller's online description reads on Amazon.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James launched an investigation into the statewide nursing home fatalities and found that as many as 50% of deaths were underreported. It was also revealed that Cuomo's top aide, secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa, was recorded apologizing to her fellow Democrats in September 2020 for suppressing the actual death toll—fearful that the true numbers would have been used against them by federal authorities.
The revelation undermined the regurgitated rationale the state's Health Department offered for months as an excuse. Although convenient, the Trump bogeyman was no reasonable explanation to keep state residents in the dark on the matter of life-and-death interest.
At Monday's press conference when the governor was asked to account for his administration's reckless actions, Cuomo still faulted the so-called "toxic political environment," maintaining that he wanted to get the facts straight in his state opposed to "political spin."
Cuomo claimed that "there is much distortion around what is called the Department of Health memo on March 25th."
"People died alone. It was horrific," Cuomo admitted. "And then the void in information we created started misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories," he detailed. "The truth is everybody did everything they could."
New York state legislators had harsh words for Cuomo on Friday while top Republicans called for impeachment and even criminal prosecution. One state senator demanded that Cuomo's emergency powers be revoked.
As families of nursing home victims plea for an additional probe, Cuomo has since done nothing to quell the righteous anger of critics.