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Rand Paul Calls For Cuomo To Be Impeached Over Coronavirus Response

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Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called for the New York state legislature to impeach Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“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 on a Fox News podcast Wednesday. “I think Governor Cuomo should be impeached, you know for what he did, for the disastrous decision he made to send patients with coronavirus patients back to nursing homes.”

Paul has been a frequent critic of the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, including states’ decisions to lock down. New York has the most coronavirus deaths in the country, with over 32,000 reported deaths, according to The New York Times. (RELATED: ‘Fatal Conceit’: Rand Paul Snaps On Dr. Fauci During Senate Hearing)

“Terrible public health policy decisions were made and, I think, in the end, none of these polices have probably been good for our economy or actually good in containing the virus,” Paul added.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a daily briefing following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a daily briefing following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., July 13, 2020. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Cuomo has also come under fire for his initial policy, which mandated that nursing homes accept elderly coronavirus patients. New York has reported over 6,000 coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes, which the governor has blamed on President Donald Trump and the federal government.

“Yes, we had more people die in nursing homes than anywhere else – because we had more people die. Because the federal government missed the boat and never told us that this virus was coming from Europe and not from China,” Cuomo told MSNBC in June.