It appears justice is finally going to be served to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. State Attorney General Letitia James’ report detailing Cuomo’s document as a serial sex-harasser delivered what could be the dying blow to his time in workplace, forcing the determined Love Gov to resign or undergo the indignity of impeachment.
Yes, it’s nice to look at a person whose thuggish character was obvious all through his tenure lastly being referred to as to account. But there’s one thing troubling about the way in which Cuomo is being hustled out of workplace: Obscured amid the main points about his gross conduct and the way in which his aides and liberal feminist enablers tried to discredit the victims is the truth that Cuomo stays answerable for the deaths of maybe hundreds of aged New Yorkers throughout the early months of the pandemic — and for his administration’s ongoing, unlawful coverup of the numbers highlighting that reality.
Even as critics like Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean courageously spoke out concerning the concern, the governor spent most of 2020 as a nationwide idol, honored by the mainstream media for what President Joe Biden referred to as the “gold standard” for coronavirus disaster administration. The nation was riveted by his day by day press briefings; he truly gained a particular Emmy for them.
It was not till James issued a report in January stating Cuomo underestimated the variety of nursing-home deaths by as a lot as 50 % that he started to really feel any actual warmth. His issues worsened when an aide admitted his employees had intentionally hidden the true variety of deaths to defend Team Cuomo from scrutiny. And, as The Post noted last week, the coverup hasn’t even ended but, because the state continues to stall on releasing paperwork about his COVID document.
Does it matter which concern applies the coup de grâce, as long as the story ends with Cuomo being despatched packing in shame?
It does. As terrible as his remedy of the 11 accusers could also be, the pointless extra deaths of tons of or hundreds in nursing houses should be thought of an excellent worse crime. If the governor is allowed to skate for his notorious March 25, 2020, order forcing nursing houses to soak up COVID sufferers, and his subsequent coverup, then nobody ought to faux justice is being accomplished. The households of those that died on account of his conceited stupidity and willful ignorance deserve closure for what occurred to their family members.
But additionally take into account: The mainstream press’ willingness all through 2020 to present Cuomo a go for his nursing-home bloodbath was no accident. That his former media cheering part and fellow Democrats are ready to make use of the sexual-harassment fees because the sole purpose for ousting him has a really horrible stink.
Truth is, elevating Cuomo as a COVID hero was a part of an effort to distinction his supposed brilliance with former President Donald Trump’s alleged incompetence. The deaths of tens of hundreds of nursing-home sufferers in states like New York, New Jersey and Michigan on account of selections by Democratic governors helped create the sense of panic and set up the narrative that Trump was answerable for a nationwide catastrophe.
Correcting that document, even after Trump’s defeat in November, is problematic for liberals because it not solely makes clear that (regardless of the ex-prez’s horrible messaging concerning the virus and different missteps) what occurred a 12 months in the past was not primarily Trump’s fault. Dems would like to shove Cuomo’s duty for this disaster down an Orwellian reminiscence gap, whilst he’s himself dispatched, now that his survival not serves his occasion’s political pursuits.
Indeed, doing so lets the left proceed guilty pandemic deaths on Republicans, like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who might need made errors too however a minimum of protected the aged in his state’s nursing houses — as Cuomo ought to have.
New York mustn’t enable Cuomo to evade accountability for his nursing-home fiasco by focusing solely on the sexual-harassment fees. That’s a partisan technique meant not solely to bury an injustice however to assist Democrats maintain energy — whilst a despicable governor loses his grip on it.
Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS.org. Twitter: @jonathans_tobin