Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean reacted to a new report that more than 15,000 people died in New York nursing homes by saying Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo “needs to go to jail.”
“They have never apologized to the families: 15,000 families that deserve an apology,” Dean told “Fox & Friends.”
“The only thing this governor is going to be sorry for is the fact that he got caught and you know what, he needs to go to jail and all of those around him. There is no if and or buts here.”
Dean was reacting to a report from The Wall Street Journal that Cuomo’s advisers altered a report of nursing home deaths and that those deaths probably exceeded 15,000 people. The New York Times also reported the same after conducting interviews and reviewing documents. (RELATED: Fox News’ Janice Dean Credits Daily Caller For Investigation Into Gov. Cuomo And Nursing Home Deaths)
“We knew that he was covering up the numbers and now we’re getting more and more information and facts that this is true,” Dean continued, noting that Cuomo’s top aide privately met with Democratic legislators to apologize to them for not releasing the correct nursing home death data.
She said it is still a mystery why Cuomo did not use the health facilities “provided by the federal government” that included a U.S. Navy comfort ship.
“There is a federal investigation right now, there is an FBI investigation and the curious thing is the governor has lawyered up, not for the ‘MeToo’ stuff, which by the way is disgusting and he should be punished for, but for the nursing home problem,” Dean said, alluding to the mounting sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo. “So what needs to happen today … Lawmakers in Albany need to start the process of impeachment.” (RELATED: Janice Dean Wonders If Andrew Cuomo’s Emmy Will Include ‘In Memoriam’ Section For Nursing Homes)
The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) reported on May 15, 2020, that New York had hidden the amount of people who had died of the coronavirus in reports that concerned nursing home deaths. The New York State Department of Health admitted the omission in a statement to the DCNF.
Dean lost both of her in-laws to coronavirus while they resided in New York nursing homes. Dean has previously criticized Cuomo’s March 25 nursing home order that sent thousands of coronavirus patients into assisted-living facilities in New York. The order was rescinded May 11.