New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has mistakenly referred to his younger brother Chris as his sister in an interview with shock jock Howard Stern.
Cuomo, the second of five children, gave a wide ranging interview on Stern’s SiriusXM show on Monday, recalling a time when their father, Governor Mario Cuomo, was rarely home.
‘I was the man in the house– not to get sexist, right?’ he said. ‘My father was gone, I had four sisters, and I was the man in the house to take care of them.’
Cuomo has three sisters. His youngest sibling Chris Cuomo is a prime time host on CNN, and the two brothers have often teased in other in joint appearances.
The governor’s office told the New York Post that he misspoke and meant to say he watched over his four siblings.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (left) has mistakenly referred to his younger brother Chris (right) as his sister in an interview with shock jock Howard Stern
Howard Stern (above) interviewed the governor on his SiriusXM show on Monday
The three other Cuomo siblings are Dr. Margaret Cuomo, a radiologist; Maria Cuomo Cole, chairwoman of the non-profit HELP USA and wife of fashion designer Kenneth Cole; and Madeline Cuomo, a lawyer.
Governor Cuomo said his experience looking out for his siblings in his youth was a good preparation for running the state of New York in the coronavirus pandemic.
‘My job is to help take care of the state and to love everyone in the state and support everyone in the state,’ he said.
In Monday’s interview, Cuomo was unrestrained in his criticism of President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, days after Democrat Joe Biden was declared the next president.
‘With Trump, I had an enemy every day,’ he said, according to the Daily News. ‘He was anti-New York, by the way. He was mad at New York. He hated us.’
The Cuomo family in 1977 (left to right): Maria, 15, Madeline, 12, Andrew, 19, Margaret, 22, Mario Cuomo, Christopher, 7, and mother Matilda
The Cuomo brothers have often teased each other, including in appearances on Andrew’s CNN show during the height of the pandemic
Cuomo went so far as to say he wanted to punch Trump, expressing fury over the president’s repeated use of The Godfather-inspired insult ‘Fredo’ for his brother Andrew.
‘The Mafia stereotype has been such a stain on Italians for so long, and that’s where they go,’ he said. ‘That’s what ‘Fredo’ says. And of the mafia stereotypes, you don’t want to be Fredo. You wind up getting shot and dumped out of the boat by your own family.’
‘If I wasn’t governor of New York, I would have decked him. Period,’ he went on. ‘ I mean he was attacking me, he was attacking my family, he was anti-Italian. Every nasty thing.’
‘Take away that word governor for 24 hours, I would have had a field day with him,’ he said.
Andrew and Chris Cuomo are seen with their mother Matilda in a family photo
The governor also opened up about his relationship with his father Mario, who served three terms as New York governor.
‘I think I went into politics to get to know him,’ Cuomo said, describing a difficult relationship with his father and a ‘sadness’ that they weren’t closer.
Cuomo said on Monday he expected the rate of positive tests for coronavirus to continue rising in the state into winter.
Both the state and New York City have seen positive test rates creep above 2 percent again in recent days in what Cuomo called a ‘new phase’ of the coronavirus’s spread.
‘The numbers are undeniable,’ he told reporters on a conference call. ‘The best you can do is manage the increase.’ He said cases may continue to rise until a vaccine became widely available.