- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 21, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “double-barrel shotgun” nose and jokes unrelated to the state’s nursing home debacle were the focus for CNN Wednesday evening as he spoke to brother Chris about the coronavirus pandemic.

Social media critics lit into the brothers for yukking it up during “Cuomo Prime Time” with giant cotton swabs instead of broaching the nursing home issue.

The Democrat recently said that “nobody” should be blamed for recent coronavirus deaths in the state despite a decision to send elderly COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes.

“How do we get justice for those families of those 139 deaths?” Mr. Cuomo said of newly deceased patients on May 18. “Who can we prosecute for those 139 deaths? Nobody. Mother Nature, God, where did this virus come from? People are going to die by this virus, that is the truth.”

Data released by the Cuomo administration shows that more than 4,800 people died from COVID-19 in nursing homes in the state between March 1 and May 1. The policy has since been reversed.

The governor’s younger brother opted to focus on coronavirus sight gags instead of the nursing home issue.

“Is it true that this was the swab that the nurse was actually using on you?” Chris Cuomo asked while pulling out a prop. “That at first it went into your nose and disappeared so that in scale this was the actual swab that was being used to fit up that double-barrel shotgun that you have mounted on the front of your pretty face?”

The governor laughed at a second prop and said that he was “going to be nice” to health care providers who tested him.

“Most of my friends are jobless, petrified and dealing w depression & @JaniceDean lost both her mother and father in law to covid within a week of each other. This is HILARIOUS guys,” Meghan McCain of ABC’s “The View” sarcastically tweeted after the segment.

Chris Price of The Daily Caller added: “CNN: ‘Fox News is literally state TV’. Also CNN,” while linking to the footage.

Nicholas Fondacaro of the media watchdog NewsBusters lamented “the state of ‘journalism’ on @CNN. Pathetic!”

Current data reported by Johns Hopkins University puts the total number of U.S. deaths at roughly 93,600 out of roughly 1.5 million patients.

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