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Cuomo, Trump, and the Vaccine

You’d think Cuomo would’ve learned his lesson by now, but no… he had to keep up the verbal sparring and keep nipping at Trump’s heels. Here’s what he said about the Covid vaccine:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday a possible vaccine for COVID-19 is good news, but he worried the Trump administration will fail to distribute it quickly and equitably.

Pfizer said Monday morning that the two-shot vaccine it is developing is more than 90% effective in clinical trials, and could be available by the end of the year.

“It’s good news, bad news,” Cuomo said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“The good news is that the Pfizer tests look good and we’ll have a vaccine shortly,” the governor said. “The bad news is that it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over and that means this administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan.”

The Trump administration “is rolling out the vaccination plan and I believe it’s flawed,” Cuomo said.

In normal leftist circles under normal conservative Republican roll over and beg politicians, these kind of snide insults would just be swept aside and downplayed. But Trump isn’t that type of politician, and this is what the left hates. They keep getting called out for their hypocrisy, and they keep getting insulted and ridiculed for what they assume is the leftist birthright–to mock and condescend to conservatives and deplorables because they just don’t know better.

So, Trump of course obliges Cuomo, an says New York may not get theirs until Cuomo approves. Start at 0.51:

“But, but, but…! We didn’t mean that you should give the vaccine to us!!!” New York sputters, in indignation and whiny crybaby mode. “We just wanted to stick it to you, and still get the vaccine, and show other lefties how tough we are!!” Oh….is that what you mean?

And they make their crybaby mode official:

“If dissemination of the vaccine takes place in the twilight of a Trump Administration and the president wants to play games with people’s lives, we will sue and we will win,” she threatened.

Meanwhile, Cuomo accused Trump of being a “bully.”

Did Trump threaten to withhold the vaccine?

Actually, no.

While announcing the rollout of the vaccine — which Trump said could be available to the general population as soon as April — Trump noted that Cuomo has questioned the legitimacy of a vaccine produced under the leadership of the Trump administration.

In fact, Trump said the vaccine will only be delivered once New York gives the government authorization to do so, which Trump said “pains me.”

Trump said:

As soon as April, the vaccine will be available to the entire general population with the exception of places like New York state, where, for political reasons, the governor decided to say — and I don’t think it’s good politically, I think it’s very bad from a health standpoint, but he wants to take his time with the vaccine. He doesn’t trust where the vaccine’s coming from. These are coming from the greatest companies anywhere in the world, greatest labs in the world, but he doesn’t trust the fact that it’s this White House, this administration, so we won’t be delivering it to New York until we have authorization to do so, and that pains me to say that.

In fact, just last month, Cuomo said Americans should be “very skeptical” of the vaccine, explaining he doesn’t trust the Food and Drug Administration or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Trump.

“What I said I’m going to do in New York is we’re going to put together our own group of doctors and medical experts to review the vaccine and the efficacy and the protocol, and if they say it’s safe, then I’ll go to the people of New York and I will say it’s safe, with that credibility. But I believe all across the country, you’re going to need someone other than this FDA and this CDC saying it’s safe,” Cuomo said.

So, not only has Cuomo authorized, and then hidden, the thousands of seniors that died in New York’s nursing homes, but now he’s playing politics with people’s lives–wishing it was under a Biden administration–instead of cutting red tape and rushing it to his state’s citizens.

This is and example of the type of rubbish Trump’s had to deal with for four plus years, and people just tut-tut his response while never looking further to see why he responded as he did.

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