Rand Paul Calls for NY Gov Cuomo to be 'Impeached’ for Nursing Home Deaths
'Virtually half his people who died were in nursing homes'
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to be impeached for his policies that led nursings home deaths in the city.
"The people we are lauding are actually making catastrophic decisions," Paul said on Fox News's "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," Paul added.
"Virtually half his people who died were in nursing homes," Paul continued.
The state of New York reported nearly 6,500 fatalities due to coronavirus coming from residents of care facilities, according to data from The New York Times.
Paul also questioned New York's pandemic lockdown in March, citing the rise in cases across the state despite shelter-in-place orders.
"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," Paul said.
"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."
In May, Cuomo himself admitted the majority of recent patients hospitalized with the coronavirus were obeying stay at home orders.
Data revealed that sixty-six percent of new COVID-19 cases were people who stayed inside obeying stay at home orders.
Paul backed the notion saying lockdowns "killed the economy but didn't do any good for trying to contain the virus."
Paul also added that individuals "need to assess their own risks with regard to the virus," adding that "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.
But Cuomo's spokesman slammed Paul's attack claiming it was retaliation to the governor's remarks about Kentucky Republicans on Wednesday.
"Every study has shown that when you starve the state and local governments, the economy does not recover as quickly," Cuomo said during the call Wednesday.
"Also, it is really the epitome of hypocrisy for these Republican senators, 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."
Cuomo accused Paul's home state of taking more from the federal government than putting back into it.
"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," he said.
More patients died in New York nursing homes than any other state's nursing homes.
"Yes, we had more people die in nursing homes than anywhere else – because we had more people die," Cuomo said at the time.
Cuomo then deflected the blame.
"The Republicans are playing politics. They don't want to talk about how they are now handling the COVID crisis," he said.