Andrew Cuomo Rips Donald Trump Over Coronavirus Failures: ‘A Skunk Doesn’t Stop Smelling’
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) tore into President Donald Trump for failing to control COVID-19 and responded to Trump’s onslaught of insults about New York City following the final presidential debate.
The Big Apple – which was the nation’s coronavirus epicenter during the early days of the pandemic – has been a recurrent target for Trump, who loves to use it as an example of what he perceives as failed Democratic leadership. But while virus cases across the country are surging (with red states boasting the largest increases in cases and hospitalizations), New York has maintained the lowest transmission rates in the country since early summer.
In addition to that, Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from big cities run by Democrats out of political spite.
Cuomo said on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday night that these facts show only one thing: Trump has failed.
“Trump hates New York, feelings are probably mutual. We did the exact opposite that he has done on this COVID situation. He’s lied to the nation about it, and we did the exact opposite. “We acknowledged it, we were smart about it, we are united, we worked together and we brought the rate down now to one of the lowest rates in the United States of America. New York has a lower infection rate than the White House, Stephen,” the governor said.
Trump, Cuomo said, is simply incapable of overcoming his own shortcomings.
“This state turned everything around. That’s what bothers him about New York, it shows him what this country could have done. How did we go from the highest rate in the United States to one of the lowest infection rates in the United States after what New York went through, and why isn’t that the story in every state?” Cuomo asked. “It’s an historic government blunder, and New York represents the opposite to him, and that’s why it’s galling.”
Cuomo also remarked on why he thinks Trump continues to downplay the crisis, despite having contracted the virus himself and the clear scientific data that shows the problem is getting worse.
“Because a skunk doesn’t stop smelling,” Cuomo said, “and a skunk can’t stop smelling.”
More than 224,000 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus.