Critics are coming after New York’s Governor Cuomo and his spokesperson Richard Azzopardi after he insulted Fox News’ Janice Dean. Dean is a meteorologist for Fox News who also lost both step-parents to Covid-19, likely a direct result of Cuomo’s policies regarding the virus.
Since losing her in-laws, Dean has forced Cuomo to take some accountability by demanding investigations into Cuomo’s nursing home order. For those who forgot, Governor Cuomo required nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to take in COVID-19-positive patients, where the virus is far and away most deadly.
Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi responded to Dean with this rude response in the Daily Mail:
“Every state has had issues with vaccine distribution because of lack of federal funds but we’re rapidly ramping up distribution and currently have administered more than 60 percent of the vaccines we have. Last I checked, she’s not a credible source on anything except maybe the weather.”
Again, Dean experienced personal loss this past year that seems to have been linked to the governor’s policies. I think that gives her some sort of “credibility” on the issue.
The Cuomo administration is still refusing to release the accurate number of COVID-related nursing home deaths from the past year. Their initial report did not include the number of individuals who died from COVID after being transferred from their nursing home to the hospital.
Dean responded to Azzopardi’s comment reminding the spokesman that she has every right to share her opinion which has so closely affected her family.
It wasn’t long before other conservatives stood up for Dean and blasted Cuomo’s handling of the virus.
The lady that does the weather can also have strong opinions. Especially when it comes to speaking up on behalf of her family.— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) January 14, 2021
“The View’s” Meghan McCain expanded on conservative Guy Benson’s comment calling Cuomo a “heartless monster.”
After @JaniceDean lost BOTH her in-laws this year in NY nursing homes, instead of mourning with her and listening to her, Cuomo smears her.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 15, 2021
There is blood on your hands Cuomo and we all know it. You disgust me, you absolute heartless monster. https://t.co/AKzRQcpBPF
Meghan Kelly chimed in and blasted Cuomo’s response to Coronavirus
.@JaniceDean *is* an expert on how Cuomo’s orders killed 6k+ ppl, including her in-laws. She had to become one. B/c the media didn’t give a damn.— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 15, 2021
And when she spoke up, the media mocked her for going beyond weather-just like Cuomo did here. And all of those ppl can F right off https://t.co/z8vMM5iGx9