CNN host Chris Cuomo and Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh had a spit on the air Monday night as the couple discussed the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 12-minute interview quickly became a dispute when Cuomo first discussed the recent surge in COVID cases in the US
Defending his boss, Murtaugh said President Trump had tackled the coronavirus “head-on”, noting the early-implemented travel ban to China and recent rapid advances in therapeutics and vaccine development.
But then it got personal when Murtaugh cursed Cuomo’s brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Tim Murtaugh were embroiled in a fiery interview with CNN on Monday night in which the Trump campaign spokesperson accused Cuomo of not taking the pandemic seriously
He outlined how the governor had praised the Trump administration for providing New York State with everything they needed. But Cuomo quickly defended his brother’s position.
“Your own brother, the governor of New York, said the federal government was there with everything every time he turned to the administration,” Murtaugh said.
‘He didn’t say that. And that’s exactly what didn’t happen, ”Cuomo replied.
,No. He said, “I went to the federal government. You’ve helped me with things. They didn’t help with everything. They still don’t help, ”claimed Cuomo.
Murtaugh held up a photo of Chris Cuomo and a giant Q-tip from an episode of the show back in May when he mocked his governor brother Andrew about the size of his nose
“Your brother predicted a ventilator shortage. He said he needed 40,000 ventilators or people would die. That shortage never came about … “Murtaugh remarked,” Because the President hired the private sector and government to make the equipment, PPE, robes, gloves and ventilators we needed. ”
Murtaugh He then accused Cuomo of acting “self-righteous” and even accused him of not taking the situation seriously by holding up a photo from a moment earlier in the year when Cuomo joked with his governor brother that he had a giant Q. -Tip would need to do this dab his nasal passages for coronavirus.
“Does this look like some people who took it seriously?” Murtaugh asked, holding up the May TV printout.
“You had your brother with you for the Cuomo Brothers Comedy Hour and joked about the size of the q-tip you would need for his nose to do the test,” he continued.
,Yes I have. It was funny as hell, ”Cuomo said in his defense.
CNN host Chris Cuomo and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo were beaten up in May for their lighthearted jokes about coronavirus testing during an episode of Cuomo Prime Time
Subsequently, Chris joked about the size of Andrew’s nose by bringing out a baseball bat-sized nose swab and saying the governor would have to use this to get tested for coronavirus
“Tim, I’ll tell you. I will cut you off. You won’t flood the zone on this show, ”Cuomo warned.
“Now you’ve taken your swing. It was missing. Let’s discuss now. Is that all you got That my brother didn’t take Covid seriously? Are you kidding? That I made fun of him in a time of acute need? ‘He asked.
Cuomo then tried to push Murtaugh back by accusing the communications director of shy away from discussing the president’s response and instead focused on Governor Cuomo because he “came from a place of weakness”.
Tit-for-tit went further when Murtaugh accused CNN of using the coronavirus as a “political weapon” and Cuomo advocated “for a complete and complete shutdown”. Cuomo denied the claim.
‘This is not an interview, Chris. This is a lecture, ”Murtaugh replied.
The Q-Tip moment was cited by Tim Murtaugh as an example of Chris Cuomo not taking the virus seriously even though he suffers from it himself
Cuomo immediately shot back: “I’m not trying to give lectures. I’m trying to refute what you got out of there. “You are the one who taught me with the picture of my brother and me, which was very funny at a time when our country was hurt.”
“I didn’t think it was that funny,” Murtaugh replied.
“Oh, I don’t know if you’re a good judge of humor because you think what the president is saying at these rallies is funny,” Cuomo said then.
“It’s about a president who sends the right message and gives states what they need to fight a pandemic,” said Cuomo.
But the personal attacks resumed when Murtaugh asked if Cuomo was closely following coronavirus guidelines.
“Why were you reprimanded by your own apartment building?” Murtaugh asked, referring to an incident where Cuomo was admonished not to wear a mask around his New York apartment building.
“Because I did the wrong thing,” said Cuomo, looking nervous for the first time. “Why doesn’t the President adjust his messages?” He replied quickly.
Continuing the attack, Murtaugh asked about another moment earlier this year when Cuomo was seen cycling on Long Island and confronted a cyclist who asked him why he was while recovering from the virus or about social guidelines Distancing has not been quarantined.
Cuomo denied ever breaking quarantine.
The interview lasted 13 minutes, both parties shouted and talked about each other
“Everyone knows you broke it!” Murtaugh argued.
“You came home and pretended to rise from your basement like Lazarus, even though you had already broken the quarantine when you were Covid-positive,” Murtaugh continued to criticize.
“If you want to make fun of my illness, you can,” Cuomo said. “You want me to be the story, you want my brother to be the story because you can’t handle Trump. The numbers should go away! ‚
The interview lasted a few minutes, both parties shouting and talking about each other.
Eventually it was time for a commercial break and the interview ended with Cuomo looking at election day.
“I respect your efforts because this is the game. You want to go [New York Governor] Andrew, his legacy will stand for what it was and his actions will be judged on the ballot box, ”said Cuomo.
“I will own every mistake I make because I am not that president and I am not in power. Tell you what, brother, in seven days we’ll see if people think he did the right thing about this pandemic. ‚
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