In response to President Donald Trump‘s actions on Wednesday to crack down on illegal immigration, New York Gov. Anthony Cuomo took grandstanding to new levels.
The president signed executive actions that push forward efforts to build a wall along the southern border, increasing the number of immigration enforcement officers who carry out deportations and cut off federal money for sanctuary cities.
Cuomo’s answer was to say if immigrants are to be deported, start with him.
“As I’ve said before, I say again today, if there is a move to deport immigrants, I say then start with me,” the liberal governor said.
As I’ve said before, I say again today, if there is a move to deport immigrants, I say then start with me. pic.twitter.com/elejUuKS9J
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 25, 2017
While there’s plenty wrong with the statement, including the fact he conflates legal and illegal immigrants — a common tactic by the left — the glaring deficiency is that Cuomo is NOT an immigrant.
Anthony Cuomo is the son of the late Mario Cuomo, the former N.Y. governor who was born in New York. It was Mario’s father, Anthony’s grandfather, who came from Italy.
The reaction on social media showed people are on to the Democrats’ gig, as if the November election didn’t already make that clear.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
@NYGovCuomo Forgot one word. Illegal. My grandparents had to go thru a process.
— nannid62 (@nannid62) January 25, 2017
@NYGovCuomo the term is ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS “ILLEGAL” as in against the law ?
— Michael Sowan (@BigDog307) January 25, 2017
— coolmom (@coolmom1809) January 26, 2017
@NYGovCuomo illegal immigrants. Big distinction
— DagnyReaganTaggert (@McCarthyKnew) January 26, 2017
@NYGovCuomo No one is talking about legal immigrants, Einstein.
— Christie (@RepRepublic) January 26, 2017
— Alo Konsen (@OhioCoastie) January 26, 2017
@NYGovCuomo Are you illegal?
— Diane N. (@Driverd57) January 26, 2017
@NYGovCuomo don’t twist the message-ILLEGAL-honestly it’s like explaining policy to a child
— Maureen Cummings (@MaureenC_207) January 25, 2017
@NYGovCuomo are you really that dense?
— I’m Deplorably Smart (@IAmSoSmart) January 26, 2017
@NYGovCuomo guess you don’t know the difference between immigrant and. “ILLEGAL” immigrant. Make you look like a fool
— Mark S (@crazd70) January 26, 2017
— la lenz (@lany891) January 26, 2017
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