I went from being a never-Trump moderate Republican to an anti-Trump moderate Republican. This guy is a disaster.
I'm still critical of my local leadership here in NY, mind you. Because when the Governor of NYS publicly questions why the Mayor of NYC hasn't called in the National Guard you know that the situation in spiraling out of control. Just yeesh.
I'm NOT equivocating NY's leadership to Trump's - the two are entirely different. But, on all levels of government - federal, state, local - you would hope and expect to see competent leadership. We're just not seeing it, and that's an entirely other issue.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s police department during his Tuesday press conference, saying they “did not do their job last night.”
The governor condemned the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) response to the protests over George Floyd’s death on the first night the city was under curfew on Monday, calling what happened “inexcusable.”
“The NYPD and the Mayor did not do their job last night,” he said, adding that, “It was a disgrace.”
“I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem,” Cuomo continued. “I think he underestimates the duration of the problem. And I don’t think they’ve used enough police to address the situation because it’s inarguable ... that it was not addressed last night.”
During his Tuesday press conference, the governor said he has offered to bring in the National Guard to assist the city, but de Blasio said “he can handle it with the NYPD.”
“My option is to displace the mayor of New York City and bring in the National Guard as the governor in a state of emergency and basically take over — you would have to take over the mayor's job,” he said.
“I don’t think we’re at that point,” he continued, adding, “That would be such a chaotic situation in the midst of an already chaotic situation.”