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Trump trashes Cuomo’s inept riot response amid escalating chaos; NY Gov points fingers at de Blasio, police

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President Donald Trump issued a call to “save” New York City as he admonished leaders to “act fast” in the wake of widespread rioting and looting.

The president tweeted his criticism directed at Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, demanding they call up the National Guard to protect and defend the city from violent protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

“CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD,” Trump tweeted in all-caps with the hashtag #SAVENYC soon after Cuomo had called out the New York City Police Department and de Blasio, whose own daughter was arrested among the protesters.

“New York City put on an 11:00 P.M. CURFEW last night,” Trump wrote. “No wonder they ripped the place apart.”

As another night of protests unfolded in the city Monday, an 11 p.m. curfew did nothing to stem the criminal activity and the governor was holding the police department and de Blasio accountable.

“The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night. I believe that,” Cuomo said at a press briefing Tuesday from Albany.

(Source: The Hill)

“You have 38,000 NYPD people. It is the largest police department in the United States of America. Use 38,000 people and protect property. Use the police, protect property and people, look at the videos,” the governor continued, calling it out as a “disgrace.”

“I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I think he underestimates the duration of the problem. And I don’t think they’ve used enough police to address the situation,” Cuomo added, saying the chaotic scenes of looting and vandalism  in parts of New York City were “inexcusable.”

The governor also noted that he has offered the National Guard and that 13,000 troops are at the ready, but de Blasio has refused the help, saying “he can handle it with the NYPD.”

Cuomo suggested he could “displace” the Democrat mayor and “take over” his job.

“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. You would have to displace the mayor,” he told reporters.

“I don’t think we’re at that point,” he noted.

“That would be such a chaotic situation in the midst of an already chaotic situation. I don’t think that makes any sense.”

Somehow, Cuomo still found a moment to criticize the president and obviously missed the irony of condemning his call to use the military to end the riots.

Cuomo smugly pointed fingers but many pointed out he is just as much to blame for New York’s problems, as Fox News’ Melissa Francis said in a segment calling him out as a “hypocrite” and “failure.”

Frieda Powers


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