"If it's Biden-Trump, look, for me—again, we survived a Trump administration," Cuomo stated. He went on to argue that the country would survive another Trump administration, and he doesn't perceive a greater risk to America with Trump than with Biden.
Cuomo's comments were met with potential backlash from those who view Trump as a significant threat. In response, he said, "Nobody was trying to kill us when Trump was president in a way that they're not now." He further noted that there seems to be more hostility now and that he is not existentially afraid of another Trump or Biden presidency.
Cuomo's belief in the strength of the country over any individual leader was evident as he stated, "I believe that the country is much stronger than any individual leader." He also mentioned that the country had "survived" various controversies, including the events of Jan. 6, "the Russia thing," and Biden's propensity for gaffes.
Despite these survival instances, Cuomo acknowledged that the country is not necessarily better for having gone through them. He expressed the need for change, though he admitted uncertainty about when and why it would happen. Regarding his potential vote in the 2024 election, Cuomo said, "I would really have to see where we are at that moment in time."
These recent comments contrast sharply with Cuomo's past coverage of the Trump presidency. In December 2020, he described Trump as "the worst president we have ever seen, period," criticizing Trump's veto of military pay, stalling of relief for millions, and issuance of controversial pardons.
Cuomo's career at CNN ended in December 2021 following reports that he had assisted his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, in handling sexual assault allegations and identifying at least one accuser. Chris Cuomo also faced sexual harassment allegations from a former coworker who accused him of groping her in 2005.