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.
NYC, CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD. The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast! Don’t make the same horrible and deadly mistake you made with the Nursing Homes!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
“New York City put on an 11:00 P.M. CURFEW last night,” Trump wrote. “No wonder they ripped the place apart.”
New York City put on an 11:00 P.M. CURFEW last night. No wonder they ripped the place apart. Should be 7:00 P.M. CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD. #SAVENYC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
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.”
To NYPD @NYGovCuomo “Whatever you’re doing differently now, stop it,” says @NYPD has enough people that can be redeployed to stop looting . “There was rampant looting last night that they did not stop, that’s what they did wrong.” @1010WINS
— Juliet Papa (@winsjuliet) June 2, 2020
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 adds, “The NYPD was not effective in doing their jobs last night. They need to do better.”
— Zack Fink (@ZackFinkNews) June 2, 2020
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.
The president is calling out the American military against American citizens.
He used the military to push out a peaceful protest so he could have a photo op at a church.
It’s all just a reality TV show for this president.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 1, 2020
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.”
— Melissa Francis (@MelissaAFrancis) June 2, 2020
My neighborhood in Manhattan is eviscerated and looks like a war zone. DeBlasio and Cuomo are an utter disgrace. This is not America. Our leaders have abandoned us and continue to let great American cities burn to the ground and be destroyed. I never could have fathomed this
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 2, 2020
This must stop. Gov Cuomo now blaming Deblasio and NYPD…after GOV says he has 13,000 National Guard troops at the ready, but won’t deploy them! https://t.co/SL72QojTH7
— Martha MacCallum (@marthamaccallum) June 2, 2020
You are one of the worst leaders in New York history. Almost 30,000 people have died of Covid because of your mismanagement and terrible policies. You blame everyone else for your failures. @NYCMayor is not the only one that should be removed from office.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) June 2, 2020
It’s not a concession to Trump to call in support to protect the people of NY from violent riots and looters.
In fact, IT’S YOUR JOB.
— Teacloc (@Teacloc) June 2, 2020
It seems to be that Cuomo’s trademark during times of crisis is pushing the blame on others. He literally told Trump “no thanks” about bringing in the national guard.
— Gabe Tanner (@gabetanner_) June 2, 2020
That didn’t take long. BLAME DeBlasio, BLAME NYPD!!! You are the Governor of this State. DO YOUR JOB!!!!
— Mare (@evilqueenshock) June 2, 2020
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