CNN personality Chris Cuomo recently slammed God by claiming America does not need “help from above.” 

His solution to our nation’s ever-growing problems? “Believe in one another and do the right thing for ourselves and our community.”

Let me get this straight.  If everyone does the right thing all the time, things would be better?

Deep.

Comments like these are tone deaf, especially as New York’s death count soars towards 25,000, in part because of Chris’s brother, who happens to be the state’s governor.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo by all accounts has absolutely bungled his response to the pandemic, even though he tried to distract the public with friendly interviews between him and his brother.  

Hmmm… It must help to be so connected to a media personality who refuses to hold you accountable.

Andrew’s approval rate hit an all time high during the pandemic, partly because of these feel-good chats. 

Their interviews were rarely political, often filled with jokes about old feuds. 

The Atlantic reported on this “brand boost:”

It was easy to see what was gained: CNN got must-watch TV, and the governor’s office got a chance to humanize a politician more respected (usually grudgingly) than loved. With a little distance, it’s clear what was lost too: accountability for New York’s troubled response to the crisis.

Just how terrible was his response?  Many experts claim if the stay-at-home orders in New York were enacted just one week earlier, the death toll could have been cut in half or more. As concerns were rising in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested the shutdown, but Andrew said a shutdown would only ‘scare people.’  He claimed the “seasonal flu” was more concerning.

Even worse, Andrew also prohibited nursing homes from denying admission for people who actively have the Wuhan Flu. An estimated 1600 people have died in nursing homes in Long Island alone because of this fateful decision. 

In mid-April, when the death toll in New York was decreasing (but still close to 500 daily), Andrew said, “The number is down because we brought the number down. God did not do that. Faith did not do that. Destiny did not do that. A lot of pain and suffering did that . . . That’s how it works. It’s math. And if you don’t continue to do that, you’re going to see that number go back up. And that will be a tragedy if that number goes back up.”

Wow.  My Bible must have a typo.  In Psalms 4:8 my Bible reads, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”

I guess it should say, “you alone, Andrew Cuomo, will keep me safe?” 

No.

Cuomo didn’t even read the New York pandemic plan, later saying, “Governors don’t do pandemics.”

When Andrew Cuomo ran for governor, he may not have expected a global pandemic. He should’ve. The New York Times had written nearly 500 articles on the coronavirus before New York even reacted. He had tons of time to prepare.  He didn’t. 

The death count is falling slowly, and New York is reopening. Who’s to thank? 

Here’s what my Bible actually says.

“For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord!’ — Jeremiah 30:17

Hat Tip: National Review, The Guardian, The Atlantic

Image credit: Pat Arnow on Flickr

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.