Since his administration issued orders to place COVID patients into nursing homes with high-risk individuals, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been facing intense criticism over his botched response to the pandemic that is estimated to have cost the lives of thousands.
Yet Cuomo’s response to the matter has ranged from deflection, to denial, to his current position that is almost reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s response to the four Americans who lost their lives during the 9/11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.
After years of trying to get answers about the State Department’s actions during the lead up to and shortly after the attack, Hillary made the infamous remark of,
“What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Similarly, after an AG report revealed that even more people died in New York nursing homes than Cuomo’s administration previously reported, the New York governor responded with a chilling,
Perhaps the people who lost loved ones in New York elderly care facilities would care. Perhaps those who would like to know how much of Cuomo’s botched response to COVID was incompetence and how much of it was something else. Perhaps even those who simply want the truth from an administration that has done its best to fight transparency.
There are many who might care, Governor Cuomo. However, it should be more important to remember that a governor is not a king. A governor is a representative of the people and, as such, should be accountable to the people without getting defensive, dismissive, or angry when the people simply want information about how their state is run.