During the recent second and final round of presidential debates, Donald Trump took the opportunity to bash his home state of New York over their struggles with the coronavirus pandemic — while simultaneously trying to claim New York City as “home” once again, despite changing his legal residence to Mar-a-Lago, something that didn’t go over well at all with true New Yorkers.
While it’s certainly true that New York was positively slammed with COVID-19, thanks to leadership from Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state now has one of the lowest infection rates in the entire country. And Governor Cuomo was not standing for the “President” trashing his state… Again.
During a live appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, following the presidential debates, Cuomo fired back at Trump’s attack.
“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,” Cuomo blistered. “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.”
It’s worth noting that infection rates across the rest of the nation are still booming while New York is seeing a steady decrease after such a rocky beginning. The governor feels that Trump is seriously bothered by the stark contrast now, as he seemed to get so much enjoyment out of criticizing Cuomo for their struggles.
“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?” he questioned. “It’s an historic government blunder, and New York represents the opposite to him, and that’s why it’s galling.”
At one point, Colbert asked Cuomo why he thinks Trump is still downplaying the virus after all that’s transpired and frankly, his response was spot-on.
“Because a skunk doesn’t stop smelling,” he fired, “and a skunk can’t stop smelling.”
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