Additional Information on Chris Cuomo

Additional Information on Chris Cuomo


* In a December 2015 interview with Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina – who had been highly critical of Planned Parenthood in the aftermath of the release of some undercover videos showing that the organization was engaged in the illegal sale of fetal organs and body parts – Cuomo claimed, without evidence, that those videos had been “edited” to make Planned Parenthood look bad. Citing a recent incident in which a self-identified evangelical Christian had murdered three people (and wounded nine others) in a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility, Cuomo asked Fiorina: “Do you feel any sense of regret about how you characterized what was going on at Planned Parenthood,” given that the perpetrator “was influenced by some of the rhetoric that was coming out of you and others that painted a very ugly picture, an unfair one, about Planned Parenthood?”

* While covering President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba in March 2016, Cuomo informed his viewers that he was wearing his father’s guayabera shirt, which had been “given to him by Fidel Castro as a gift.”

* In an April 2016 interview with socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Cuomo asked Sanders how it felt for him “to be here tonight with tens of thousands of young people shouting your name, believing in you.”

* In April 2016, Cuomo suggested that conservatives “don’t like these transgender people getting what they want.” During a March 2017 debate over efforts by the Texas legislature to require people in schools and public buildings to use public restrooms that correspond to their birth gender, Cuomo said: “It’s not a safety issue for the parents. It’s their idea of what they want their kid around. It’s about their tolerance level, not their safety.” In February 2017 he mocked those who feared the possibility of girls having “genitals waved in their face” by men using women’s restrooms. “I’m saying, let the kids go [to the bathroom] where their want,” he stated, claiming that there had never been “a case of indecent exposure by a transgender person in a bathroom.” If transgender children were to be denied access to the bathroom of their choice, Cuomo added, “the only thing that you accomplish by doing what you say is traditional is that you scar these kids … and their rates of depression and suicide and non-acceptance go up.”

* In an October 2016 interview with White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Cuomo dismissed the importance of reports that Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine had once had a close relationship with a Marxist priest in Honduras. “He was on mission,” Cuomo told Spicer, “and he was spending time with his Catholic priest who you guys are defining as a Marxist. I guess all priests are Marxists, in some way, I guess, if you wanted to say that. What’s the point of that criticism?”

* In January 2017, Cuomo derided a Republican proposal to allow health insurance companies to compete for business in a free market that transcended state lines. “There is no proof — or even, really, a solid theory — that that would guarantee access for everyone,” said Cuomo.

* In February 2018, Cuomo said that Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s position that abortion should be illegal in all cases “seems very backward-looking in terms of the cultural mores that we have today.” Cuomo also said that “at the end of the day politically,” abortion is “all the [evangelical] community cares about.”

* In March 2018, Cuomo, a supporter of increased gun-control measures, claimed that “no one” wanted to repeal the Second Amendment, and he derided the “boogeyman” warnings of gun-rights activists. When former Senator Rick Santorum pointed out that former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens had just published an op-ed exhorting gun control advocates to explicitly “demand a repeal of the Second Amendment,” Cuomo dismissed the story because Stevens was “not a politician” and was “not the head of any kind of significant group.”

Deriding President Trump’s suggestion that drug dealers should be subject to capital punishment, Cuomo in March 2018 accused Trump of wanting to “assassinate” them.

* In a March 2018 interview with Cuomo, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci explained that President Trump’s effort to “drain” the proverbial “swamp” of Washington politics was a difficult task because “the immunological system around the swamp is so powerful that it will reject a disruptive move to change the system.” In response, Cuomo suggested that “maybe adding a virus into that system … wasn’t the … appropriate change mechanism.”

* Following President Trump’s March 2018 announcement that he wished to hold a military parade on Veterans’ Day to honor all the people who had ever served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Cuomo characterized the idea as one “that you usually see in North Korea.”

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