New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo angrily rejected a reporter’s question Thursday about whether his $5 million book deal, which he arranged as COVID-19 raged through the city last year, was offensive to families who lost loved ones during the pandemic, calling the inquiry “stupid.”
Cuomo has been under fire for months as he attempts to navigate the tumultuous, scandal-plagued waters of his administration as more pile up against him, such as his infamous multimillion-dollar book deal and multiple sexual harassment allegations.
A reporter posed a question regarding the book deal to the governor – who is expected to make over $5 million from his memoir – during a Thursday press conference in Buffalo, asking Cuomo to respond to critics who have said the Democratic governor is making money off of dead New Yorkers.
Cuomo refused the question entirely, instead calling the query “stupid” and asking for the next question.
CUOMO EARNED MILLIONS FROM PANDEMIC BOOK DEAL DESPITE NURSING HOME CONTROVERSY
Cuomo was later pressed on criticism of his memoir and how it might be offensive to people whose loved ones have perished due to COVID-19 as a result of his nursing home mandate.
The New York governor doubled down.
“I thought your question was stupid and offensive,” he responded to the reporter.
When asked about the probe into his administration by the Department of
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