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Cuomo Brothers Joke Around As New York Nursing Home Deaths Pile Up

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo held up a giant swab to mock Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nose during the governor’s Wednesday night appearance on his brother’s show.

Gov. Cuomo was tested for the coronavirus during a press conference earlier this week when a nurse put a swab up his nose. (RELATED: Gov. Cuomo Tells Unemployed Americans To ‘Go Take A Job As An Essential Worker’)

“Now, a few questions about this process. First of all, is it true that when you were having the test administered, you inhaled and the doctor’s finger went all the way up your nose and got stuck and had to be released with a tool?” Chris Cuomo asked.

The governor responded jokingly that the doctor was worried that the swab would hurt his “little button nose.”

“She wanted to comment that I have a little button nose and she was afraid that the swab would actually hurt because it extended my nasal cavity. She was speaking about the delicacy of the nose,” he said.

Chris Cuomo then held up a giant swab to mock the size of his brother’s nose as the red-faced governor continued to crack up. (RELATED: Elise Stefanik Calls For ‘Independent Investigation’ Into Cuomo’s Nursing Home Policies)

“Is it true that this was the swab that the nurse was actually using on you and that at first it went into your nose and disappeared so that in scale this was the actual swab that was being used to fit up that double barrel shotgun that you have mounted on the front of your pretty face?” the CNN anchor asked.

“See, I said I was going to be nice and sweet,” the governor responded.

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The Cuomo brothers received criticism for joking around as the governor’s handling of his state’s nursing home epidemic comes under scrutiny.

“I’m not sure I’m going to ever be able to buy a crib or baby clothes for my first child in a store, Most of my friends are jobless, petrified and dealing w depression & @JaniceDean lost both her mother and father in law to COVID within a week of each other. This is HILARIOUS guys,” Meghan McCain tweeted.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reported last week that the state of New York had been undercounting nursing home deaths as the governor came under fire for a policy that required nursing homes to admit coronavirus patients. Cuomo reversed that policy earlier this month, and will now allow nursing home facilities to wait until the patient tests negative to admit them.