Liberals on Twitter erupted in anger Thursday night when they were trolled by a fake account that attributed a quote from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) that seemed to tear into Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) over the reported cases of COVID deaths in his state. There’s just one problem… Waters’ words were from 2018 and were aimed at then-President Trump.
The Twitter account CuomoWatch altered Waters’ quotes and made them appear to address Cuomo’s actions. The attorney general in New York released a report that stated the Cuomo administration had underreported by as much as 50 percent the number of deaths in nursing homes due to the pandemic. The tweet went viral almost instantly following that report.
Apparently, Democrats were cool with Maxine’s inciteful words when they were issued against Trump but no so much when they thought Cuomo was her target. Cuomo won an Emmy for his handling of the pandemic in New York and wrote a book on it. He has been hailed as some sort of hero for his coronavirus response but the AG’s report shows that he was anything but that.
New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul fell for it hook, line and sinker: “This is encouraging violence against public officials – plain & simple. Absolutely disgusting. No tolerance for this. Haven’t we learned the lessons from Washington D.C. just weeks ago?” she tweeted:
Lis Smith, who was an advisor to Pete Buttigieg, tweeted that it was “way over the line. Especially in light of what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6.” Evidently, none of these individuals suspected that they were being trolled. They just assumed it was true.
New York State Senator Jamaal T. Bailey was also incensed over the tweets and went to bat for Cuomo. He wrote: “This is more than tonedeaf, especially considering what’s happened in recent days. This is unacceptable and ridiculous. Read the room.” Notice how a common theme here is the Capitol riot.
NY State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar was furious over the tweet, stating: “This kind of incitement to violence against government leaders must stop. Especially after the recent siege at the U.S. Capitol, we must condemn these types of threats. They endanger our democracy. This is not who we are and we can do better.”
The cries of outrage were joined by others.
NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson wrote: “The terrifying events of the last month have shown us more clearly than ever that words have consequences. This sort of targeting and incitement is simply wrong, and totally unacceptable.”
Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie tweeted: “This is appalling and dangerous. Encouraging violence must never be tolerated. Shame on whoever is behind this kind of garbage.”
Councilmember Debi Rose said: “Really? Did we not learn anything from the Capitol insurrection? We must condemn violence and harassment in any form.”
And there’s more…
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards proclaimed: “Violent rhetoric like this will not be tolerated. Especially in the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection, we must condemn all forms of violence against our public officials.”
New York State Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski joined in: “This is dangerous, reprehensible and has no place in any public discussion. Oh, and spare me the ‘someone else did it too’ excuse. Someone else saying a variation of this doesn’t change the fact that this is seeking to incite violence against a public official and their staff.”
In a now-deleted tweet, Assembly Member Khaleel M. Anderson said: “This is outrageous! Folks can respectfully disagree with the governor on policy but we can NOT actively threaten him or his staff you need to remove this post and apologize. This is over the top period.”
New York State Assemblymember Kenny Burgos also chimed in: “We need to stop this behavior towards elected officials and especially their staff. The seige of the Capitol empowered behavior like this and must be stopped at any moment it creeps its head out in any fashion.”
Council Member Mark Treyger also tweeted: “This is outrageous and this dangerous incitement needs to stop. This is not who we are and we should never resort to this abhorrent behavior. We are better than this.”
And last but not least, New York Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz had this to say: “What’s wrong with you? Threatening violence against duly elected representatives of the people of New York is fascism. The hatred unleashed by Trump and his gang of thugs continues to reverberate throughout the country. Enough is enough.”
Washington Free Beacon reporter Alex Griswold caught Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) joining the fun in a now-deleted tweet: “As a Congressman who lived through the insurrection against the US Congress, I am appalled by the tweet below, which is an invitation to violence against public officials. We must all denounce in no uncertain terms any attempt at inciting political violence.”
Waters infamously said in 2018: “And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, at a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them that they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere…”
Fast forward to today and apply those same words to Cuomo and the left comes unglued.
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