Cuomo is obliterating his own (undeserved) COVID hero myth

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Andrew Cuomo was once America’s COVID sweetheart.  

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump’s science denial, unhinged conspiracy theory-mongering, and dangerous “bleach cure” speculation left a gaping leadership void.

As the coronavirus devastated New York City and deeply impacted other parts of New York state, Cuomo’s daily press conferences became a lifeline of mostly reliable information, delivered with calmness and certitude. The governor’s briefings, which could last hours, became must-watch viewing and a balm to Americans’ frayed nerves.

“The Luv Gov” was suddenly everybody’s civic celebrity crush. “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah declared himself a “Cuomosexual.” During one of many cloying interviews on his brother Chris’ CNN show, Andrew Cuomo downplayed his reputation as a prickly political tactician and called himself “a cool dude in a loose mood.”

But in the roughly six months since New York “flattened the curve” Cuomo has revealed himself again and again to be a dissembling, short-tempered narcissist. 

And as a crisis manager, his track record is overrated, to put it kindly. Now that America’s getting a better look at the Luv Gov, the summer crush is fading.

Cool guy in a loose mood blows a gasket upon being asked a perfectly reasonable question

“Let’s try not to be obnoxious and offensive in your tone,” Cuomo scolded Wall Street Journal reporter Jimmy Vielkind, who on Wednesday had the audacity to ask whether or not the governor would override New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (which Cuomo typically relishes doing) on the issue of whether schools should stay open. 

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Cuomo condescendingly told Vielkind that he was “confused” and “not paying attention.” 

New York Times reporter Jesse McKinley followed up by telling the governor that Vielkind had asked a completely reasonable question that wasn’t “obnoxious at all.” 

“Well, I don’t really care what you think,” Cuomo replied. 

At that point in the press briefing, New York City parents (myself included) had no idea whether or not schools would be open the next day. We learned during that presser, just as the governor did, that the city schools would indeed be closing despite the buildings being declared by city health officials as pretty much the safest public spaces in the city. 

Later in the presser, the cool guy in a loose mood said: “If you’re socially distant, and you wore a mask, and you were smart, none of this would be a problem — it’s all self imposed. If you didn’t eat the cheesecake you wouldn’t have a weight problem.”

That’s a pretty tone-deaf statement for someone previously praised for his cool-headedness and empathy. There are thousands of workers who have no choice but to go back to work in potentially unsafe conditions for any number of reasons, not least of which would be the lack of sufficient financial support from the government.

Casual Cuomo observers were taken aback by the governor’s fumbling belligerence.

They shouldn’t be. Cuomo has bought into his own myth, and he really doesn’t like …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

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