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Andrew Cuomo Pummels ‘Grim Reaper’ Mitch McConnell Over State Bankruptcy Statements In The Middle Of A Global Pandemic

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has become a bit of a political rock star with his daily COVID-19 briefings.

He has shown steady, measured leadership while, in contrast, the briefings from the Trump Administration have been unsettling and erratic. Now, Cuomo has turned his attention to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

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McConnell has prided himself on being the “Grim Reaper” of any and all things when it comes to the agenda of the Democratic Party, and Cuomo used the moniker in his broadside against McConnell’s suggestion that states should simply go bankrupt amid a global pandemic. Cuomo said, “this is really one of the dumb ideas of all time.” He also called McConnell’s idea to withhold funding from state and local governments “incredibly short sighted.”

Cuomo added:

“How do you not fund police and fire and teachers and schools in the midst of this crisis?”

“States should declare bankruptcy? That’s how you’re going to bring this national economy back? By states declaring bankruptcy? You want to see that market fall through the cellar? Let New York state declare bankruptcy. Let Michigan declare bankruptcy. … You will see a collapse of this national economy.”

“How ugly a thought. Just think of that he’s saying … 15,000 people died in New York, but they were predominantly Democrats, so why should we help them? I mean, for crying out loud, if there was ever a time for you to put aside your pettiness and your partisanship and this political lens that you see the world through … that’s not who we are.”

Cuomo went on to refer to McConnell as the “self-proclaimed Grim Reaper.” That is quite the moniker when Americans are currently dying by the thousands.

The GOP has been touting the economy as one of the Trump Administration’s great successes, but as it collapses under the strain of the pandemic, they have nothing to say except that states should take care of themselves. Clearly, Cuomo is correct. Major, densely populated states like New York and California going bankrupt would be disastrous for the economy nationally.

As the pandemic rages on, we still must wage a second war from within – the economic one.

Watch the remarks below:

 



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