Written by Steve Cannon for USSA News.
When you’re a power-hungry, liberal, lying New York politician, the truth always comes out. Just ask Elliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner.
Democrat New York Assemblyman Ron Kim claimed to CNN Wednesday that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened his career if he did not help “cover up” allegations that Cuomo’s staff deliberately “concealed the full extent of nursing home-related deaths during the Covid pandemic.”
Kim says he was at home when Cuomo called him on his phone and threatened “political retribution.”
“Gov. Cuomo called me directly on Thursday to threaten my career if I did not cover up for Melissa [DeRosa] and what she said.
He pressured me to issue a statement, and it was a very traumatizing experience, Kim told the network.
Cuomo then told the assemblyman that, “we’re in this business together and we don’t cross certain lines and he said I hadn’t seen his wrath and that he can destroy me.”
Melissa DeRosa is the legislative aide that “told state lawmakers in a private virtual meeting that the state had delayed sharing with the legislature the full scope of the Covid-related death toll of New York’s nursing home residents because of concerns about a potential federal investigation by the Department of Justice,” per CNN.
Andrew Cuomo has, since DeRosa’s comments became public, become the target of intense scrutiny over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, with national lawmakers and mainstream media outlets suddenly taking notice of claims that Cuomo’s orders, which placed recovering COVID-19 patients into nursing and long-term care facilities directly from hospitals, regardless of whether they were still contagious, may have cost thousands of lives.
Kim has been an outspoken critic of Cuomo’s nursing home requirement and believes that his own nursing home-bound uncle died of a coronavirus infection because of the policy. He demanded, last week, that the governor “apologize to family members of those who died in assisted living facilities,” a statement that may have triggered Cuomo’s call.
“No man has ever spoken to me like that in my entire life,” Kim recounted. “At some point he tried to humiliate me, asking: ‘Are you a lawyer? I didn’t think so. You’re not a lawyer.’ It almost felt like in retrospect he was trying to bait me and anger me and say something inappropriate. I’m glad I didn’t.”
“Kim’s wife told CNN that she had overheard parts of Kim’s phone call with Cuomo last week, and described the governor as ‘loud’ and ‘angry,’” CNN added. “She said she heard Cuomo say, ‘Who do you think you are?’ as well as the words, ‘my wrath,’ and that immediately after the phone call, her husband told her: ‘The governor threatened to destroy my life.’”