President Donald Trump hit back hard against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s harsh attack against him this week, saying Thursday that the reason so many New Yorkers died of COVID-19 in rest homes was due to the New York governor’s incompetence. Cuomo authorized patients infected with the illness to hospice among the most vulnerable in those homes.
The situation escalated after Cuomo responded to Trump’s threat Wednesday to remove federal funds from what he says are ‘anarchist’ municipalities like New York City, that have made it impossible for citizens to travel freely and feel safe. The threat to remove funds is in response to growing unrest and violence in those states in response to officer related shootings in the country.
On Thursday Trump responded to Cuomo saying on Twitter: “Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York has the worst record on death and the China Virus. 11,000 people died in nursing homes because of his incompetence!”
Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean testified last month in New York City regarding the tragic death of her in-laws in a nursing home from COVID-19. She told “Fox & Friends” that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not providing the exact numbers of those who died from COVID-19 in adult care facilities because “New York state does not count the numbers that we lost in hospitals from nursing homes.”
Further she stated that “we need those numbers to move forward and help change the laws. We need an independent bipartisan investigation that involves subpoena power so we can get the health commissioner on the hot seat and ask questions and get truthful answers.”
On Wednesday Cuomo, who once lauded Trump’s assistance and response to the COVID-19 outbreak in his city, fought back against the president’s threat to remove city funding from State’s that are not responding to rioters or keeping law and order. Cuomo said the president is ‘persona non grata’ in his home state…he can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City,” said Cuomo said.
“Forget bodyguards, he better have an army if he thinks he’s going to walk down the streets in New York,” he said. “He is persona non grata in New York City, and I think he knows that, and he’ll never come back to New York, because New Yorkers will never forget how gratuitously mean he has been.”
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Rep. Patrick McHenry Announces Retirement, Adding to Congressional Exodus
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has declared that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest in a growing list of lawmakers departing from Congress. McHenry, a close ally of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, stated that he believes “there is a season for everything,” signaling the end of his tenure in the House. Having served since 2005, McHenry is the 37th member of Congress to announce they won’t seek re-election in 2024.
In a statement, McHenry reflected on the significance of the House of Representatives in the American political landscape, calling it the “center of our American republic.” He acknowledged the concerns about the future of the institution due to multiple departures but expressed confidence that new leaders would emerge and guide the House through its next phase.
The departure of McHenry and others comes against the backdrop of political shifts and challenges within the Republican Party. The GOP has faced setbacks in recent elections, including fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Internal strife and disagreements, exemplified by the rebellion against McCarthy, have characterized the party’s dynamics. The GOP’s approval rating stands at 30%, with a disapproval rating of 66%, reflecting the challenges and divisions within the party.
As McHenry steps aside, questions loom over the fate of open seats in the upcoming election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report identifies five open House seats as potential Democrat pickup opportunities, while none are listed for the GOP. The departures raise concerns about the party’s unity and ability to navigate the evolving political landscape.
With a total of 20 departing Democratic legislators and 10 Republicans, the changing composition of Congress adds complexity to the political dynamics leading up to the 2024 elections. As McHenry emphasizes a hopeful view of the House’s future, the evolving political landscape will determine the impact of these departures on the balance of power in Congress.
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