Chris Cuomo was lampooned for labeling a video of President Trump removing his face mask at the White House ‘propaganda,’ after he shared a similar video months ago.
The CNN anchor appeared on air shortly after Trump returned from Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to the White House via Marine One on Monday evening.
Upon his arrival, an infected Trump walked up the steps of the South Portico, removed his face mask and stared over the balcony as photographers snapped his picture.
Trump then disappeared into the White House, where staffers were present, and briefly returned to the balcony. He did not put his face mask back on during this time.
CNN reported that Trump’s ascent into the White House was for a reshoot as part of a potential campaign video, and Cuomo used this to level criticism at the president.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (right) called footage of President Trump removing his face mask after returning to the White House on Monday ‘propaganda’
‘There he is, hair blown majestically. Reshooting the scene for his own ad,’ said Cuomo, adding ‘What a bunch of bull****.’
Cuomo scrutinized Trump for flouting face masks after numerous members of his inner circle, White House staffers, journalists and workers at the Cleveland presidential debate contracted COVID-19 after his diagnosis.
‘He didn’t just walk in the White House one time with no mask tonight. He had his video crew capture that stupid scene again so he could put out propaganda,’ he said.
Donald Trump, whose infection with COVID-19 was confirmed at 1am on Friday, removed his face mask on Monday night
Cuomo (right): ‘He didn’t just walk in the White House one time with no mask tonight. He had his video crew capture that stupid scene again so he could put out propaganda’
But on social media, a number of people pointed out that Cuomo had shared a comparable video that was accused of being ‘staged’ in April.
Cuomo, who contracted COVID-19 in March, filmed a video of himself reuniting with his wife and three children after ‘several weeks locked in his basement.’
Footage showed him walking up the stairs to greet his kids at his Hamptons mansion, three weeks after he went into ‘quarantine’ to recover from coronavirus.
Cuomo took time to thank his three children and his wife for looking after him
‘All right,’ he said. ‘Here it is. The official re-entry. From the basement. Cleared by CDC, a little sweaty, just worked out. It happens. This is what I have been dreaming of. Literally for weeks.’
‘This is the dream. Just to be back up here doing normal things,’ he said as he embraced his wife Christina, who has also since recovered from COVID-19.
But he faced backlash when confessed during a interview on his Sirius XM radio show on April 13 that he had broken quarantine and left his basement on Easter.
During that time, an infected Cuomo got into a verbal altercation with a cyclist who called him out for not quarantining.
On his radio show, Cuomo said he didn’t ‘want some jack*** loser, fat tire biker being able to pull over and get in my face and in my space and talk bull**** to me,’ said Cuomo. ‘I don’t want to hear it.’
The cyclist filed a police report against Cuomo and disparaged him on shows like ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ on Fox News.
Benny Johnson, Chief Creative Officer for Turning Point USA, noted that much of Cuomo’s criticisms of Trump could be applied to him.
Benny Johnson led critics on social media who recalled that Cuomo broke quarantine while infected with COVID-19 earlier this year
Johnson wrote: ‘CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who: broke quarantine while COVID positive, got into a fight with a biker without a mask, likely infected his family with the virus, faked his emergence from his basement on air…
‘Is offended that President Trump took his mask off on his balcony.’
Others shared similar sentiments and wondered how Cuomo could be outraged.
‘Chris Cuomo was out in public while infected with COVID, got into an altercation with someone, yelled at them WHILE COVID + and had a police report filed on him. Please tell us more you [clown],’ one Twitter user wrote.
One man said he would ‘pass’ on Cuomo’s ‘holier than thou speech.’
LIttleMsOpinion: ‘Chris Cuomo was out in public while infected with COVID, got into an altercation with someone, yelled at them WHILE COVID + and had a police report filed on him. Please tell us more you [clown]’
One user said they would ‘pass’ on Cuomo’s ‘holier than thou speech’ after the CNN anchor criticized President Trump
Social media users questioned how Cuomo could be outraged when he had done some similar actions while he was infected
Caleb J. Hull, a communications strategist associated with the GOP, wrote: ‘Chris Cuomo was diagnosed with COVID-19, broke quarantine, didn’t wear a mask, put others in danger, got into a fight with a cyclist who called him out, then pretended nothing ever happened and threw a party when his “quarantine” was over.’
One person asked ‘why is he lecturing the rest of use about social distancing, mask-wearing and credibility?’
Another user added: ‘Remember when Chris Cuomo broke his quarantine while infected with COVID and went out into public and got in a heated altercation with a biker?? Mainstream was SILENT… ‘
Twitter user: ‘Why is he lecturing the rest of use about social distancing, mask-wearing and credibility?’
Twitter user: ‘Remember when Chris Cuomo broke his quarantine while infected with COVID and went out into public and got in a heated altercation with a biker?? Mainstream was SILENT’
Donald Trump arrived back at the White House on Monday night and immediately filmed a campaign video
On Monday, just four days after he tested positive with the deadly virus, he tweeted: ‘I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid.
‘Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!’
Shortly after his message, doctors appeared outside the hospital to say that while Trump was not ‘out of the woods’, they were satisfied he could go home.
They refused to share details of his health, like when he last tested negative, citing medical privacy laws as reasons not to share information like the results of a lung scan.
The doctors said Trump would receive his fourth remdesivir dose on Monday night before he leaves the hospital, and his fifth on Tuesday.
Admirers of the president waved and cheered as Marine One took off for the short trip back to the White House