Soon after a photo emerged on social media, showing the embattled New York Democrat outside his home, wrapped in a blanket – and holding a bottle as he spoke on a cell phone — Twitter erupted with commentary and memes.
One Republican state lawmaker in New York – Assembly member Mike Lawler — compared Cuomo to Linus Van Pelt, the blanket-loving character from the classic “Peanuts” comic strip.
Another Twitter user likened Cuomo to “The Sopranos” character Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), as he shivered in the mob series’ famous “Pine Barrens” episode, lost in the snow with Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri (Tony Sirico).
Some saw a business opportunity.
Retail site RedBubble was offering “I (Heart) Governor Cuomo” blankets for $38.92. The same site also offered throw pillows for $19.32.
One Twitter user was reminded of the forlorn character that comedian Steve Martin played in the 1979 comedy “The Jerk.”
Comedian J-L Cauvin modeled what he called “the Cuomo blanket.”
“As you can see,” he said in a Cuomo voice, “it provides for plenty of ventilation as well as keeping your cold heart warm on those cool nights when you are planning a vicious revenge against the suddenly emboldened progressives who want to take you out.”
The 63-year-old governor has been drawing calls for his resignation amid accusations of sexual misconduct from multiple women – and claims that state policies regarding nursing-home residents amid the coronavirus pandemic led to numerous preventable deaths.
The governor has denied intentional wrongdoing in his dealings with his female accusers and has argued that his administration followed federal guidance in setting its nursing-home policies.