SNL’s rips into Andrew Cuomo over nursing home scandal

Saturday Night Live has ripped into Andrew Cuomo over nursing home deaths saying he’s pushing to legalize marijuana because it will ‘provide New Yorkers a safe, effective way to forget’ about the scandal. 

The Democrat is facing a federal investigation into whether his administration sought to hide the true toll of the pandemic. 

In the ‘Weekend Update’ segment on the NBC show Michael Che referenced the growing scandal noting: ‘Researchers studying the remains of a woolly mammoth have uncovered the world’s oldest DNA sequence. 

‘In fact, it’s so old Andrew Cuomo is covering up its death.’

He added: ‘New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who looks like all three Goodfellas at once, said he hopes to legalize marijuana next month. 

‘Cuomo is hoping marijuana will provide New Yorkers a safe, effective way to forget about the nursing-home stuff.’ 

The governor announced plans to legalize marijuana, telling reporters last month: ‘New York will do its part, we will legalize adult-use recreational cannabis, joining 15 other states who have already done so. 

‘This will raise revenue and will end the over criminalization of this product that has left so many communities of color over policed and over incarcerated.’ 

Saturday Night Live has ripped into Andrew Cuomo over the nursing home scandal saying he’s pushing to legalize marijuana because it will ‘provide New Yorkers a safe, effective way to forget’ about it.

Earlier in the show Britney Spears, played by Chloe Fineman, invited Pete Davidson's Cuomo onto the show because he, too, 'has some 'splainin' to do'

Earlier in the show Britney Spears, played by Chloe Fineman, invited Pete Davidson’s Cuomo onto the show because he, too, ‘has some ‘splainin’ to do’

Cuomo had on March 25 issued a directive barring nursing homes from refusing patients based solely on a COVID-19 diagnosis. 

He defended the directive as an effort to prevent catastrophic hospital overcrowding and discrimination against virus patients. 

Cuomo then took an early victory lap, releasing a book titled ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.’ 

Earlier in the show Britney Spears, played by Chloe Fineman, invited Pete Davidson’s Cuomo onto the show because he, too, ‘has some ‘splainin’ to do.’

‘Hey, hello, alright, let’s get this over with,’ a gruff Cuomo tells Spears. 

When Spears asks Cuomo why he is here, the governor tries to change the topic, touting the fact that ‘indoor dining is back in New York.’  

Spears then scolds him, prompting Cuomo to say: ‘I know, it’s because of the nursing home stuff.’

In explaining the scandal, he says that ‘some of the people who died in the nursing homes were not counted as nursing home deaths.’ 

Cuomo said what his administration did is no different than what they do at Disney theme parks. 

‘People die and they move the bodies,’ the governor says. ‘They say, ‘Oh, I guess Brenda died in the parking lot, not on the tea cups’.’

The governor added: ‘We just did the Disney thing.’

Spears finally coaxes Cuomo into apologizing, but the mention of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio prompts him to lose his cool and call him names.

‘What did that bird b**** say about me?’ the governor says as he works himself into a rage. 

The Democrat is facing a federal investigation into whether his administration sought to hide the true toll of the pandemic

The Democrat is facing a federal investigation into whether his administration sought to hide the true toll of the pandemic

The New York Post reported that Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa, pictured, admitted the administration withheld data on the nursing home deaths from state lawmakers, fearing an official investigation from the federal government

The New York Post reported that Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa, pictured, admitted the administration withheld data on the nursing home deaths from state lawmakers, fearing an official investigation from the federal government

In real life, Cuomo has been accused of bullying lawmakers who criticize him on his policies. 

‘I’m sorry, I get a little angry now and then – and always,’ the governor says on SNL. 

The nursing home issue exploded onto the political scene with two recent revelations. 

Gov. Cuomo’s nursing home strategy directly caused 1,000 COVID-19 deaths, says watchdog

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home policy may have led to the deaths of 1,000 vulnerable people from COVID-19, according to a new study.

Cuomo and his administration are in increasingly hot water for allegedly hiding the amount of nursing home deaths early in the pandemic, and a study by the Empire Center for Public Policy validates the concerns around the numbers reported.

In the study, which was obtained by the New York Post, Cuomo’s original strategy that told nursing homes to take COVID-19 patients from the hospital is linked to ‘several hundred and possibly more than 1,000’ deaths.

The study said: ‘The findings contradict a central conclusion of the state Department of Health’s July 6 report on coronavirus in nursing homes, which said, among other things: ‘Admission policies were not a significant factor in nursing home fatalities,’ and ‘the data do not show a consistent relationship between admissions and increased mortality.”

There were reportedly 5,780 deaths in New York nursing homes from late March to early May. Cuomo’s directive could be tied to one in six of those deaths, according to the study by the nonprofit watchdog. The policy was in effect from March 25 to May 10.

First, the state´s Democratic attorney general chastised the Cuomo administration for minimizing the death toll at nursing homes by excluding certain fatalities from the count. 

Cuomo’s administration then revealed at least 15,000 people living in long-term care facilities have died of COVID-19, nearly double the number Cuomo had initially disclosed.

The New York Post then reported that Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa admitted the administration withheld data on the nursing home deaths from state lawmakers, fearing an official investigation from the federal government.

A furious Cuomo at a press conference accused Ron Kim, a Democratic state legislator who spoke to the Post, of corruption.

Kim said Cuomo had called him and threatened to ‘destroy’ him.

Actor Alec Baldwin used Twitter to weigh into the feud early Thursday, writing: ‘If Cuomo threatened Ron Kim’s career, Cuomo should resign.’ Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin told Fox News host Sean Hannity  Cuomo ‘has got to go’.

Cuomo is also increasingly attracting heat even from fellow Democrats, with New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez c demanding a ‘full investigation’ into his handling of COVID in nursing homes.  

The governor has been desperately trying to distance himself from the ongoing scandal, and on Friday appeared to blame nursing homes themselves by saying they should only have taken patients they could handle. 

During his press briefing, Cuomo spent about 15 minutes defiantly defending his administration’s response to nursing homes but did say he should have provided more public information on deaths ‘sooner’. 

Cuomo said Friday: ‘No one has a right to spread lies or misinformation that causes pain to the families’.

He went on to say that he ‘should have been more aggressive’ in fighting ‘lies’ and regrets not cracking down on what he described as misinformation.

He said he made a mistake in becoming ‘complacent’ about the misinformation, saying he dismissed it ‘as false agendas and partisan politics’.

‘I was not aggressive enough in knocking down the falsities. We were busy. We were doing our job. We’re trying to save lives. No excuses,’ he said.

‘I’m not going to allow people to lie to the people of New York without answering them.

‘I have very thick skin. I don’t really care what people say about me. I agreed to this nasty business because I believe I can do good things. I’m not going to let you lie to them.’     

SNL also mocked Ted Cruz jetting off to Cancun while his home state was in the throes of a humanitarian crisis.  

Joining Cruz and Cuomo was Gina Carano, the actress who was fired by Disney and Lucasfilm from her role in the Disney+-streamed Star Wars hit series The Mandalorian.

Carano, played by SNL cast member Cecily Strong, was offered a chance to apologize for an Instagram post in which she compares conservatives in the United States to Jews who were massacred during the Nazi era.   

In the skit, Spears is the host of a fictitious talk show, Oops, You Did it Again, which she started so that ‘people can come on and apologize for things they’ve done wrong.’ 

‘After the ‘Free Britney’ documentary came out, I’m receiving hundreds of apologies a day,’ she says in the skit. 

SNL also mocked Ted Cruz jetting off to Cancun while his home state was in the throes of a humanitarian crisis. Joining Cruz and Cuomo was Gina Carano, the actress who was fired by Disney and Lucasfilm from her role in the Disney+-streamed Star Wars hit series The Mandalorian

SNL also mocked Ted Cruz jetting off to Cancun while his home state was in the throes of a humanitarian crisis. Joining Cruz and Cuomo was Gina Carano, the actress who was fired by Disney and Lucasfilm from her role in the Disney+-streamed Star Wars hit series The Mandalorian

Last week, Spears was in the news in real life after a documentary, Framing Britney Spears, streamed on Hulu.

The documentary, which was produced by The New York Times, chronicles Spears’ rise to stardom and her subsequent fall triggered by a decline in her mental health, which led to her finances being placed in the hands of her father.  

Spears has gone to court in an attempt to dissolve her conservatorship, which is controlled by Jamie Spears. 

The documentary, which inspired the social media hashtag #FreeBritney, painted the pop star in a sympathetic light, prompting her ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, to apologize to her. 

Fans of Spears have also demanded apologies from media figures and comedians, including David Letterman, Diane Sawyer, Sarah Silverman, and Perez Hilton, for either making jokes about her mental health more than a decade ago or for casting her in a harsh light.

In the SNL skit, Spears says that the episode of her talk show is sponsored by the Notes app, which people can use for ‘posting a lame apology 20 years too late.’

To the tune of her hit song Toxic, Spears then welcomes Cruz to the show. 

Cruz, played by Bryant, is seen carrying a pina colada drink in one hand and wheeling a suitcase in the other. His hair is braided while he is sporting a t-shirt that reads ‘Cancun family vacation.’

‘Hola, everyone!’ Cruz says upon sitting down. 

When Spears comments that Cruz looks tan, he replies: ‘I’m not tan. I just cried myself red over my fellow Texans.’ 

He then takes a sip of his cocktail, remarking: ‘That’s why I drink in their honor.’

Spears reminds Cruz that Texas is in the midst of a crisis due to a massive, statewide power outage and disruptions in water service caused by two snowstorms and sub-freezing temperatures.

Acknowledging the backlash sparked by his trip to Cancun, Cruz said: ‘I’m in a little bit of hot water, which I’m told is a thing no one in Texas has.’ 

Spears gives Cruz a chance to apologize, and the senator does, in a way.

‘I deeply regret my actions over the last couple of days – mostly flying United,’ Cruz says. 

‘I’m sorry, I’m pretty bad at human stuff.’ 

When Spears asks Cruz if he understands why people are calling him a coward, the senator responds: ‘Coward is actually the nicest word I heard.’ 

He then shocks Spears by asking: ‘Would a coward have the cajones to blame his actions on his young daughters?’ 

Cruz then jokes that there’s ‘so much for the girls to do in Cancun’ including ‘going to the topless beach’ and ‘taking shots at Senor Frogs’ as well as ‘swimming with sick dolphins.’ 

In an implicit reference to her legal battles with her own dad, Spears then admonishes Cruz, telling him: ‘As someone who is often blamed for other people’s problems at a young age, maybe leave your daughters out of it because it could really mess up with their heads.’  

Spears then invites Carano, who was victimized by ‘cancel culture.’

From left: Gina Carano as portrayed by Cecily Strong; Cuomo as played by Pete Davidson; and Cruz as portrayed by Aidy Bryant

From left: Gina Carano as portrayed by Cecily Strong; Cuomo as played by Pete Davidson; and Cruz as portrayed by Aidy Bryant

The image above shows the cold open ending as the cast members start the show

The image above shows the cold open ending as the cast members start the show 

When Spears asks her if she wants to apologize for her Instagram post mentioning the Holocaust, she says: ‘I’m actually here for the opposite of that.’ 

‘On Instagram you said conservatives have it as bad as people living in Nazi Germany,’ Spears says.

‘I never would have made that Nazi comparison if I had known everyone was going to be a Nazi about it,’ Carano replies.

Cruz then tries to sympathize with Carano, but the actress wasn’t having any of it, not wanting to be associated with the senator.

‘If you compare yourself to me, I will blast you to the farthest desert of Tatooine,’ Carano tells Cruz, referencing the fictitious planet from Star Wars.

‘Anything to get out of Texas,’ Cruz replies.   

SNL’s cold open once again declined to skewer President Joe Biden – a far cry from the frequent barbs that were dished out at his predecessor, Donald Trump, during his four years in the Oval Office.  

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