Holy Cow! Governor Cuomo Threatened to Kill President Trump
President Donald Trump, as you have likely noticed, has an uncanny ability to get under people’s skin. Call it part of his charm or whatever you want, but it’s one more reason why he is just one of those people that the political left loves to hate.
Most recently, it’s Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who’s been rattled by Trump’s less than sensitive ways.
On Wednesday, it was mentioned in an article by the New York Post that President Trump “is looking to pull federal funds from ‘lawless’ cities” around the US. And by lawless, Trump means those cities who have moved to defund and substantially limit their police, therefore, allowing crimes and mayhem to run rampant.
Naturally, as New York City has already cut a whopping one billion in funding from its police department, as well as disband their plain-clothes crime unit and more, the Big Apple makes that list, as does cities like Minneapolis, Austin, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle.
And apparently, Cuomo didn’t take the news very well.
According to the Post, “Cuomo called an emergency press briefing within a half-hour on Wednesday night to tear into Trump for the order, which cites New York’s rising murder rate and defunding the police.”
Now, as governor of one of the most populous states in the country, and one of the most influential, you’d think Cuomo would have better sense than to fly off the handle on the air over something that hasn’t even been made official yet. I mean, clearly, while he is human and, therefore, prone to making mistakes, he was elected to govern his state putting bias and emotion aside to do what is needed for the good of the people.
But as it turns out, taking a few minutes to calm down and react rationally has never really been one of Cuomo’s strong suits. He has reportedly blown up on a significant number of occasions, most often when he feels offended. And the problem seems to run the family a bit, as both his infamous brother Chris and their father – a former governor of New York as well – have both been known to take things not so well.
And fly off the handle Cuomo most certainly did.
In addition to taking the President to task on a wide variety of policy issues, the not so level-headed governor proceeded to attack Trump’s personal character. According to the Post, he first calls Trump “a clown, and then he rips his handling of the coronavirus, implying that the reason New York was hit so severely by the novel disease was because of Trump.
But then Cuomo gets even more personal and even went so far as to pretty much threaten the President’s personal safety and well-being. He quite literally suggested that Trump employ an “army” if he wanted to come to New York ever again. And just minutes later, he reiterated that, saying that Trump couldn’t find “enough bodyguards” to keep him safe in the city.
Per the Post, Cuomo said, “He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York. New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him.” And he followed it up by saying, “He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City, people don’t want to have anything to di with him.”
Talk about blowing things out of proportion. Holy cow.
I mean, it’s one thing to suggest that the President is a poor leader and even blame him for bad events. However, it is another entirely to even mention the need for personal protection like an “army” or “bodyguards.” The latter implies a physical threat that would need specific attention to avoid.
And as it turns out, saying such things about the President of the United States, or anyone who could assume that position in the case of President’s demise, is against federal law. Yes, our First Amendment gives us the right to free speech, but that right has limitations. Making threats against the President happens to be one of them.
Does this mean that Cuomo is likely to be charged for breaking this law? Probably not, given that it was said in such a heated political moment.
And he did try to cover for himself a little bit, possibly because he realized what he just said out loud, or maybe because one of his staff members was successful in reigning him in. In either case, Cuomo explained that what he meant was that Trump was simply not very welcome in New York. “That’s what I meant about the bodyguards.”
Right. Whatever you have to tell yourself.