New York Governor Andrew Cuomo answered questions at a press conference on Monday, saying both that the scandal involving excess deaths in nursing homes was a Trump political scandal, and that unvaccinated young people risk killing their grandmothers.
"Nursing homes is being looked at by the Eastern District. That was a political investigation started by Donald Trump, who politicized not just COVID, but politicized nursing homes and policies toward nursing homes."
"And wanted to blame Democratic governors, myself, and Michigan, and New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, it was all our fault, and then had his political Department of Justice start an investigation. And they were a political Department of Justice, there's no doubt about that.
"So that's being done by the Department of Justice. I've already told New Yorkers where I am. I did nothing wrong. And period. And I'm not resigning and I'm doing my job every day."
The investigation into the excess nursing home deaths in the state was launched and carried out by New York's Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat. The policy as regards nursing homes in the state of New York was that COVID-positive nursing home patients who were recovering after a stint in the hospital should be returned to their care facilities. Cuomo denied that this was the policy, and it was scrubbed from the New York state website.
Cuomo, however, has continued to blame Trump for the failings of his own administration.
Cuomo also took the opportunity to press for New Yorkers to get vaccinated, saying that the administration is particularly targeting "the youthful and the doubtful."
"And there is an attitude that 'they'll be fine, why should they take the vaccine.' Maybe you will get a long-haul syndrome that we're not really sure what it is yet, but a lingering consequence of COVID, or maybe you go home and kiss your grandmother and wind up killing your grandmother."
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