Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to the stage at his third inauguration to precise his horror at President Trump, which is fairly humorous when you concentrate on it: The politician Trump most resembles is . . . Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo attacked Trump on New Year’s Day for sowing discord. “America’s only threat is from within,” he stated. “It is the growing division amongst us.” But wasn’t it Cuomo who, in 2015, stated that pro-life and pro-gun conservatives had been “extreme” and “have no place in the state of New York”?
He is their governor too.
Thirty-two % of New Yorkers establish as pro-life. A majority of upstate voters in 2015 opposed new gun-control restrictions. Do these individuals “have no place in the state of New York”? And simply who in this case was chargeable for widening the divisions between us however this state’s governor? Doesn’t this make it sound like Trump was taking classes in find out how to divide us from . . . Cuomo?
Trump doesn’t like being investigated, as we all know. Neither did Cuomo when he was an official on the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the 1990s.
He hated the independence of his division’s inspector basic, Susan Gaffney, particularly after she had the temerity to look at a program underneath his direct purview for taking part in favorites with Democratic constituencies. Cuomo pursued her with a Javert-like depth for years.
Trump surrounds himself with yes-men of doubtful character. So it’s with Cuomo. Trump’s onetime marketing campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was convicted of cash laundering. Cuomo’s right-hand man, Joseph Percoco, was convicted in March of soliciting bribes and committing honest-services fraud.
Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, goes to jail for 3 years due in half to mendacity about a actual property mission in Moscow that by no means bought off the bottom. A Cuomo administration actual property mission dubbed the “Buffalo Billion” was designed in half to push state cash to large Cuomo donors; its handpicked-by-Cuomo director, Alain Kaloyeros, was convicted of wire fraud and conspiracy in July and can be going to jail for three-plus years.
When Cuomo assaults Trump, in different phrases, it’s the world’s greatest pot calling the world’s greatest kettle black. Perhaps this can be Cuomo’s implicit pitch to Democratic voters, ought to he determine to run for president: Set a Trump to catch a Trump.
But in his speech Monday evening, Cuomo additionally sounded a surprisingly attention-grabbing be aware in his denunciation of Trump’s divisiveness, a message which may resonate with voters in 2020 whether or not it’s Cuomo who makes an attempt it or another person in his occasion. That message is “unify and grow.”
Cuomo: “Our official state seal proclaims us the ‘Great State of New York.’ The question before us is how do we define great? Now in New York we define great by the size of one’s heart and the depth of one’s character. . . Our credo is not only ‘I love New York,’ but ‘New York loves you.’ That’s what New York is about. That we reject the path of divide and conquer and we accept the path that says unify and grow.”
I used to be struck by this paragraph, as a result of Trump is betting his presidency on the concept that polarizing the citizens is the trail to success. In so doing, he could have opened up a main area for Democrats on the theme of nationwide unity and progress, not as a actuality however as an excellent to be pursued.
Even extra, “growth” has lengthy been a Republican mantra to describe the financial insurance policies the GOP needs to pursue. But the phrase “growth” has many connotations, together with the concept that the nation itself can and has grown not solely economically but in addition morally.
Setting up a distinction between Trump’s America, in which you’re both with the president or towards him, and an America that may embody all views and all types and all approaches could be the type of message that may pull these suburban voters who deserted the GOP in 2018 to proceed transferring in the Democratic path in 2020.
Forget for a second whether or not the message actually describes what Cuomo or every other Democrat would possibly really do in workplace. After all, Trump isn’t precisely making America nice once more — not except you rely Wednesday’s retroactive endorsement of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan a mark of American greatness somewhat than what it was: a second of ethical and historic illiteracy nearly unparalleled in White House historical past.