‘Don't make me come down there,’ Cuomo warns New Yorkers in streets, but gets scolded for Covid-19 handling
“Don’t make me come down there,” Cuomo tweeted along with a video of New York’s St. Mark’s being inundated with citizens, most clearly ignoring social distancing and protective mask requirements the city has put in place to battle the spread of coronavirus.
Cuomo’s warning landed with a bit of a thud on social media, mainly thanks to his controversial and now infamous decision to force nursing homes to accept positive Covid-19 patients early on during the pandemic, which many point to as a reason for the state’s high number of cases and deaths.
“What are you going to do [?] force them into nursing homes?” Luke Rudkowski tweeted to the governor.
What are you going to do force them into nursing homes?— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) June 13, 2020
“Damn you gonna kill ‘em all like you clean out nursing homes?” added another user.
Damn you gonna kill em all like you clean out nursing homes?— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 13, 2020
“Funny... I don't remember you being such a tough guy to all the rioters and looters,” author Ryan James Girdusky tweeted.
Funny... I don't remember you being such a tough guy to all the rioters and looters— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 13, 2020
Hundreds gathered in St. Mark’s in the East Village of New York on Friday night. The New York Post reported a minor police presence, though there were no incidents between officers and citizens and no attempts made to shut the gathering down.
Despite his disapproval of the event, Cuomo has previously expressed support for the mass protests happening around the US over the death of George Floyd, many of which also ignore social distancing guidelines and include people not wearing protective masks.
I share the outrage of the injustice and I stand with the protesters.It’s not just George Floyd. There are 50 or more cases just like it.It is rooted in hundreds of years of racism and injustice.Let’s use this energy constructively and demand real, positive change.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 1, 2020
There are justified peaceful protests across the state tonight.But there are also people criminally exploiting this pain and this moment.We will not tolerate it.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 2, 2020
The governor also blasted New Yorkers for not wearing masks — which are required in public in the state — and went after others for not wearing them properly.
The governor announced on Saturday that New York lost 32 people to Covid-19 on Friday, the lowest virus-related fatalities since the pandemic began. They also saw the lowest amount of hospitalizations since March 20.
The state still remains the worst hit by the coronavirus with over 30,000 deaths having been reported and over 380,000 confirmed cases.
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