Rand Paul Calls For Cuomo To Be Impeached Over His Coronavirus Response
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called Wednesday for the impeachment of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) over his “catastrophic” pandemic response, according to TheHill.
- “The people we are lauding are actually making catastrophic decisions,” Paul said on Fox News’ “Rundown” morning podcast. “I think Gov. Cuomo should be impeached … for the disastrous decision he made to send patients with coronavirus back to nursing homes. … Virtually half his people who died were in nursing homes.”
- About 6,500 residents of long-term care facilities have died because of COVID-19, according to the New York Times.
- Paul was criticizing the state’s lockdown as cases have continued rising. “New York had a lockdown and had 30,000 people die. New York had the worst death rate of any place in the world amidst a lockdown. So perhaps a lockdown didn’t do any good, and perhaps a lockdown killed our economy but didn’t do anything to stem the tide of a virus.”
- Paul also said individuals “need to assess their own risks with regard to the virus.” “For those under 18, the risk of mortality is about one in a million or a little bit less. For those ages 18 to 45, it’s about 10 out of 100,000 for the mortality. Under age 45, this disease we’re looking at is less dangerous than the seasonal flu. Above age 45, it’s more dangerous than the seasonal flu,” he said.
A spokesman for Cuomo said Paul’s act was a “retaliation” to Cuomo’s critiques about the senator’s home state.
- “It is really the epitome of hypocrisy for these Republican senators,” Cuomo said during a press conference call on Wednesday. “Particularly from the southeast, to say they refuse to fund state and local governments, because they’re concerned about the amount of spending that the federal government is doing.”
- “Kentucky takes $37 billion more every year than they pay into the federal government. If a Senator from Kentucky was concerned about the federal budget, well the first place to start is in your own home, the first place to start is in your own activity,” said Cuomo.
Paul was the first senator to be infected with the coronavirus. He has publicly questioned leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, saying in June that Fauci should “provide ‘more optimism’ about America’s approach.”