‘A bit dramatic?’ Cuomo mocked for deploying National Guard to NYC streets after false bomb scare

Some social media users mocked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when, an hour after he falsely named himself a possible victim of an attempted bombing, he deployed the National Guard to various points across New York City.

“Public safety is our number one priority, and we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and security of New Yorkers,” he said in a statement posted Wednesday afternoon.

“Out of an abundance of caution, I am deploying 100 additional National Guard soldiers and directing State law enforcement to double security at vital assets across New York, including LaGuardia and JFK, mass transit systems, and bridges and tunnels.”

Though Cuomo deployed the National Guard in response to the attempted bombings of several politician figures — some of them with offices in New York — some on social media accused him of using the deployment to cover up for “lying about receiving one of the packages.”

Earlier in the day the governor announced during a press conference that his Manhattan office had received a suspicious device, elluding to one of the many explosives-packed devices sent to various Democrat political figures.

“A device has been sent to my office in Manhattan, which we were just informed about, and that device is also being handled,” he said. “Again, this is a situation. A number of devices have been sent. They’re being handled. We wouldn’t be surprised if additional devices are sent, and the device that has been sent to my office has been identified and is being handled as we speak.”

Watch the full presser below:

 

The New York Police Department later confirmed that the “device” was just a letter and USB drive.

“The earlier suspicious package at Governor Cuomo’s office in midtown has been cleared by NYPD personnel. It was unrelated. And there was no device of any kind,” NYPD spokesman J. Peter Donald wrote on Twitter.

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Combined with the governor’s National Guard deployment, this news spurred some disgruntled social media users into accusing Cuomo of grandstanding and essentially putting on a show for attention.

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This sentiment mirrors that of those who believe that the attempted bombings of various Democrat politician figures, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was committed by a Democrat intent on framing Republicans.

To be clear, no evidence has emerged to prove either this or any other conspiracy theory regarding the bombings, including the media-touted theory that the perpetrator is a conservative who was motivated to action by President Donald Trump’s allegedly dangerous rhetoric.

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