Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the legacy media’s coverage of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) COVID-19 policy on Wednesday.
While speaking during a “Fox News Primetime” broadcast, DeSantis contrasted his state’s COVID-19 policy against Cuomo’s New York policy, in which thousands of elderly were consequently killed.
“Florida, we prevented, prohibited hospitals from discharging a sick nursing home patient back into nursing homes. Because we understood the hazard that that would have. Obviously, New York and other states made different decisions,” he said, according to Breitbart.
“The corporate media never talked about that or cared about that, even though that’s a decision that had a direct impact on the lives of a lot of very elderly people,” DeSantis continued.
Not only did over 12,000 elderly New Yorkers die from COVID-19 in nursing homes after coronavirus-positive patients were sent to these homes, but the state undercounted this tally as well, the Associated Press reported.
The media ignored this massive policy failure by the disgraced former Democrat governor, DeSantis asserted, because they viewed him as “anti-Trump.”
“I think the media looked at somebody like Cuomo and thought it was an anti-Trump and I think that they were very much interested in weaponizing COVID against Trump,” the Florida governor noted.
“Trump was their villain and Cuomo was kind of their hero,” he continued.
Since taking office, Cuomo’s successor, Gov. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., has reportedly added about 12,000 to the originally reported nursing home death numbers – sealing Cuomo’s legacy as one of the worst handlers of the coronavirus pandemic in the nation.