“You can get a job as an essential worker, so now you can go to work and you can be an essential worker and you’re not going to kill anyone.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was asked by a reporter on Wednesday about the people protesting to reopen the economy. To her credit, the journalist pressed Cuomo on the very real concerns of these people.
His response was less than reassuring.
Greg Norman reports at FOX News:
New York Gov. Cuomo to protesters wanting economy reopened: ‘Get a job as an essential worker’
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that protesters calling for the state to reopen the economy so they can go back to work could “get a job as an essential worker.”
Cuomo made the comment at the end of a long exchange with WRGB reporter Anne McCloy, who told the governor that she spoke with demonstrators outside New York’s state Capitol in Albany before heading inside for the daily press conference. The protesters told her they can’t wait for widespread coronavirus testing – which Cuomo has been pushing — and want to return to work so they can have an income and feed their families, McCloy said.
“By the way — if you want to go to work, go take the job as an essential worker. Do it tomorrow,” Cuomo said.
“But the people aren’t hiring because of the pandemic,” McCloy responded.
“No, there are people hiring,” Cuomo said. “You can get a job as an essential worker, so now you can go to work and you can be an essential worker and you’re not going to kill anyone.”
See the video below:
A reporter asked Gov. Cuomo what he’d say to New Yorkers who want to go back to work because they’re running out of money, to which he replied, “economic hardship doesn’t equal death”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 22, 2020
Many people believe all jobs and businesses are essential. Cuomo’s remarks are part of a disturbing trend that has emerged in this crisis, where people who are still drawing a paycheck are lecturing people who are losing everything.
Cuomo doesn’t seem like a man who is worried about where his next meal is coming from.
Sunday dinner Cuomo style. pic.twitter.com/sT9HI5rb0z
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 19, 2020
While I am one of those people who will do a variety of jobs to make ends meet, this is not the statement of a person who has ever had to live paycheck to paycheck.
Utterly tone deaf. https://t.co/V2QJBKqnSV
— kaitlin (@thefactualprep) April 22, 2020
Yeah you know all that goodwill he supposedly built up?
He just burned it to the ground and pissed on the ashes.
— Loren (@LorenSethC) April 22, 2020
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