For New Yorkers who lived through the zero point of the pandemic, the personality of serious governor Andrew Cuomo was more of a media mythology than reality. And while the governor’s daily briefings have touted him as the benevolent anti-Trump as the virus’s first wave criticized New York and America, he’s increasingly showing his true colors.
Cuomo, who promotes his new book on ‘Pandemic Leadership’, lashes out at reporter for asking why parents don’t know why New York’s schools are closing even as bars and gyms remain open. The governor said the journalist’s question was “unpleasant” and that the blame did not end with him but with local officials. Seems familiar?
There are plenty of mini-Trumps in Cuomo, starting with reckless anti-science bravado. Check the boxes of similarity.
Refusal to take the heat, let alone any thoughtful investigation, from the press? Check.
Instead of reassessing his questionable decisions to reopen indoor restaurants, gyms and other non-essential social congregations amid an expected fall resurgence, Cuomo insulted reporters for asking why he would allow the mayor to close schools, where the positivity rate was very low. , without a game plan to get them back up and running, while the bars and gyms in the city, controlled by the governor and where the virus at spread, stay open.
“If you’re socially distant and you wear a mask, and you were smart, none of that would be a problem,” Cuomo said at one point, blaming the citizens for the virus’s return. . If you didn’t eat the cheesecake, you wouldn’t have a weight problem. “
It’s a strange and offensive thing to say to New Yorkers, especially parents and first responders, when you fail to lead by example with core priorities. It smacks of law and fairy tale thought that Trump has been displaying for months. Not all Americans are able to isolate themselves.
Cuomo has promised to heed the science, and yet the businesses he keeps open are the ones considered to be most at risk of transmission. It’s also worth noting that New Yorkers report wearing masks, distancing themselves socially, and continuing to contract COVID. Fighting complacency is essential, but please leave the daily PowerPoint briefings to a scientist to lead.
The list of Trump-Cuomo comparisons goes on.
Clumsy incompetence and inconsistency in the face of a pandemic sweeping towards America? Check.
Accustomed to shutting down the Port Authority’s transport hubs, Cuomo could have reacted to important international developments and put a pause on inbound travel – effective measures to mitigate and increasingly eliminate the spread in Australia and New Brunswick. Zealand.
This isn’t a bold statement for these traumatized COVID-scarred New Yorkers who watched the governor compare the new virus to the flu, even after it was clearly evident from the growing body count in China then in Italy that was not the case. Then Cuomo proceeded at various times to criticize editorial boards for downplaying the disease even as only reporters and a handful of scientists sounded the alarm bells.
Months of inaction on economic aid to Americans depriving millions of Americans of their livelihoods? Check.
A far-sighted leader would have understood that mobilizing a one-time investment in healthcare, jobs, and infrastructure transcended the usual financial results and budget austerity for which Cuomo became known. There are no such innovations being developed and the state legislature is not prepared to do so without Cuomo’s approval. With no federal stimulus expected until a Biden administration takes over, it is inexcusable that Cuomo has not acted to help his fellow New Yorkers.
Total disinterest in improving the electoral system to prepare the nation for a pandemic ballot? Check.
Cuomo did not delegitimize postal voting, but he failed to provide automatic registration for all registered voters or build the capacity of local electoral boards. They’re still counting the ballots in New York City due to Cuomo and state Democrats’ refusal to update state law to count postal votes earlier than seven (!) Days after the election. Unlike the vast majority of states, New Yorkers outside of boroughs have not been able to track the delivery of their mail-in ballots. If New York was a swing state, election administrators said, it would be the epicenter of electoral dysfunction.
Take credit where credit certainly is do not due, while avoiding accountability at all costs? Check.
Despite his ostentatious victory tricks, Cuomo covered his ass last spring after astronomical deaths. The truth is, he never accepted responsibility for the failures of New York’s nursing homes. He hasn’t admitted his mistakes and certainly won’t appreciate the oversight needed to make improvements to policies that would save lives in the winter wave.
There’s no doubt it’s tough when every other state in the union is a COVID war zone, but right now Cuomo isn’t listening to reality and clarifying his priorities. And if he doesn’t cope, New Yorkers will see through his masquerade in 2022 as Americans did for Trump in November.
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