By Duncan Smith
It’s time to remind Sen. Chuck Schumer that he represents New York, not Florida and that he ought to keep his mouth shut when he’s comparing the two in terms of coronavirus responses and outcomes.
On Thursday, Schumer was interviewed by “The View” co-host Meghan McCain who played him a clip of Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) talking up his administration’s very good, very effective policies to contain the spread of COVID-19, especially when it came to protecting residents of eldercare facilities.
DeSantis said that Florida has fewer deaths per capita than most states despite being the “No. 1 landing pad” of New Yorkers leaving their state during the pandemic.
“We’ve succeeded, and I think that people just don’t want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative. It challenges their assumptions, so they’ve got to try to find a boogeyman,” he said.
McCain asked Schumer to comment on DeSantis’ claims.
.@SenSchumer calls Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ comments saying the state has succeeded in its fight against COVID-19 “premature.”
— The View (@TheView) May 21, 2020
“What he’s saying is premature,” Schumer told “The View.” “Most of the experts say if this is going to come back because we moved too soon, it will take several months before that happens — July, August, September, October. And to compare New York and Florida is sort of like apples and oranges.”
“We were the hot spot. We had more coronavirus cases than anybody else, and so I think you’ve got to be careful, and you’ve got to listen to the scientists,” he continued.
“I don’t think name-calling of anybody is appropriate, but I do think, you know, getting out there and bragging that everything is fine is premature at best and could be dangerous if the disease comes back, and no one knows. We have had no experience with this virus in the past.”
“No one, not even the scientists know exactly how and when it comes back, but too many of them warn us if you move too fast, it will come back with a vengeance,” he added.
So, which is it — we have to ‘listen to the scientists’ or not? The fact is, the more we are learning about COVID-19, the more we’re discovering it behaves like almost every other respiratory virus. So, no guarantees of a ‘big comeback’ in the fall.
As for ‘apples and oranges’ comparison, that’s true but not for the reasons Schumer thinks. Again, DeSantis and his state officials focused early on Florida’s retirement and large eldercare population, requiring nursing homes to screen their personnel and ban visits from outside disease-carriers.
By comparison, Schumer’s buddy, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, directed his health department to put coronavirus-infected patients into nursing homes, thereby leading to higher infection rates and, no doubt, more nursing home deaths.
So yeah, Chuck, New York was ‘the hot spot’ for a myriad of reasons. While there is no city in Florida as bid as NYC, there are densely populated cities like Miami. And guess what? No huge outbreaks.
Luck? Or just better policy execution by Republican governor?
How d’ya like them apples and oranges, Chuck?