(PresidentialInsider.com)- No, this isn’t a joke. Democratic Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, is set to receive an Emmy for appearing on television and telling his state about the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo, who oversaw the sending of huge numbers of COVID-19 patients to nursing homes throughout his state, will receive the International Emmy award for his briefings and for acting like a governor doing his job properly.
Those thousands of people that went into the nursing homes spread the infection and killed thousands, by the way. Just how many died, however, we’ll never know – because Andrew Cuomo refuses to release the true numbers. It is, however, more than 6,773.
Bruce Paisner, the CEO of the International Academy, announced the news and said that Cuomo’s daily briefings “worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure.”
There was certainly a lot of failure all right.
“People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and ‘New York tough’ became a symbol of the determination to fight back,” they added.
No mention of the fact that President Donald Trump hosted regular White House Coronavirus Task Force meetings and helped pharmaceutical companies produce vaccines in record times. Doesn’t that deserve some recognition?
Cuomo will be awarded the “Founders Award” by the organization during a live-streamed event on Monday, making the Democrat politician some kind of figurehead in the fightback against COVID-19. Governor Cuomo will also have an opportunity to promote a new book he has written about leadership – just one of the ways he is benefitting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democrat Assemblyman Ron Kim from Queens, whose uncle died of COVID-19 in a nursing home in April, said that Cuomo receiving an Emmy was “demoralizing.”
“I’ve never heard of anything like this in my entire life,” he said.v “He’s getting all the credit to celebrate his win, and I think it’s just wrong. There’s too many people struggling still for him to be taking a victory lap.”
Kim wasn’t the only politician from New York to criticize the announcement either. Tom Reed, a Republican Representative from upstate, said that the Emmy award was a “sick joke.”
“The Governor’s refusal to use these briefings to answer basic questions, including New York’s disastrous nursing home policies that killed thousands of our state’s grandparents and parents is not worth celebrating,” he said, according to the New York Post.
Perhaps an Emmy Award for “best satire” would be more suitable?