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NY Gov. Cuomo slams NYC Mayor de Blasio over riots: “the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem”

NY Gov. Cuomo slams NYC Mayor de Blasio over riots: “the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem”

Trump: “NYC, CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD. The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast!”

New York City is always a hotbed for violent political “protests” and mass chaos from radical leftists, and Monday night was no exception.

The city, like many big Democrat-controlled cities across America, was the site of another round of marches yesterday over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died May 25th after (former) Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kept a knee pressed firmly onto his neck for nearly nine minutes after responding to a report alleging use of a counterfeit $20 bill for a purchase from Cup Foods, according to the criminal complaint (pdf) filed Friday.

Chauvin was arrested, charged with 3rd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaughter, and currently sits in a maximum security prison. But neither his arrest, nor pleas from Floyd’s family to stop the violence, have succeeded in stopping the looting, destruction, fires, and assaults that have broken out during the protests in cities like Minneapolis, Los Angeles and New York.

New York state in particular was like grand central station for anarchy Monday night. Videos shared on social media showed police being brutally attacked by rioters in New York City as stores were looted and set on fire. In two particularly vicious attacks in NYC, two police officers were struck by hit and run drivers. A separate violent hit and run incident happened in Buffalo, where one local police officer and two state troopers were rammed by someone driving a Ford Explorer during another riot.

It looked like scenes straight out of “The Purge.” And the morning after, outraged New Yorkers began pointing fingers at NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), pointing out, among other things, that their joint announcement Monday of an 11 p.m. curfew was an epic failure.

When asked during his Tuesday presser about the apocalyptic scenes that played out across his Monday night going into Tuesday morning, Gov. Cuomo put the blame squarely on everybody but himself. “The NYPD and the Mayor did not do their job last night,” he stated. “It was a disgrace.”

Cuomo went on to state that the NYC police force is plenty large enough to handle the protests and riots, and that he had offered de Blasio National Guard resources, but that the mayor turned him down. Cuomo also speculated on the possibility of displacing de Blasio with National Guard leadership, citing alleged state of emergency powers, but stopped short of calling for it:

“I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I believe he underestimates the duration of the problem, and I don’t think they’ve used enough police to address the situation,” Cuomo said.

“You have 38,000 police officers. Deploy them. Give them support. On the video tape, to me, you see a lot of looting, and not enough police presence,” he added.

Cuomo, a Democrat, said that he had offered to send the National Guard to New York City and that de Blasio, who is also a Democrat, had not accepted the offer. In comments that at times appeared to be thinly veiled threats, Cuomo repeatedly noted that a way to override de Blasio on the matter would be to “displace the mayor.”

“Can you displace a mayor? Yes. A mayor can be removed. It has not happened. I can’t find a precedent. But theoretically it is legally possible,” Cuomo said at one point. “It is a bizarre thing to try to do in this situation. I think it would make a bad situation worse. Also, I don’t think it’s necessary, because I believe the NYPD can do this, because the NYPD has done this.”


A spokesperson for de Blasio criticized Cuomo for attacking police officers, saying “It would be nice if our officers knew they had the respect of their Governor.”

The fed up NYC PBA went off on both de Blasio and Cuomo for what they’re calling a lack of leadership and support:

The situation has gotten so bad in New York that President Trump stepped in and called them both out today in several tweets, urging them to utilize the National Guard:

In pushing back on both Cuomo and Trump, Mayor de Blasio stated Tuesday afternoon that he did not need the National Guard in part because “no good comes” of bringing them into commmunities:

Others have pointed out that Cuomo is just as much to blame for last night’s chaos as de Blasio:

Cuomo’s and de Blasio’s very ugly and public spat is just another reminder that them playing “pass the buck” with each other when it comes to the difficult issues the city and state faces comes with deadly consequences, as their combined failure to come up with a unified strategy in the early days to combat the Wuhan Coronavirus and now this demonstrates.

This whole situation is embarrassing and pathetic, and the people of New York have every right to be angry and disgusted with both of them.

Curfew for tonight and the rest of the week is 8 p.m. Stay tuned.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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healthguyfsu | June 2, 2020 at 7:49 pm

It is definitely an opportune time for Cuomo to play the blame game.

WADR, why call up the Guard to do NYPD’s job? If the cops were overwhelmed, that’s one thing. Mostly they’re just standing down or standing out of the way and letting the looters have their way. If 33000 cops can’t (or won’t) get the job done, what do they expect from a few thousand NG troops?

    NGAREADER in reply to txvet2. | June 2, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    If the cops do their job, they’ll get thrown under the bus by the mayor. They’re trying to stay around long enough to collect their pensions.
    Now Cuomo is throwing DeBlasio under the bus. Both were incompetent and at fault.
    Kind of feel bad for the cops, not so much, the other two.

      txvet2 in reply to NGAREADER. | June 2, 2020 at 8:25 pm

      Even less reason to call in the Guard. I sympathize with the cops, because my son and grandson are LEOs – but it’s their job, not that of the Guard. Where’s Frank Reagan when you really need him?

        healthguyfsu in reply to txvet2. | June 2, 2020 at 9:43 pm

        The cops have to answer to these two impotent imbeciles in charge. They have far less power over the national guard. Cuomo probably doesn’t even like that part of it (losing his authority), but he can sit back and play blame game on this one while De Blasio takes the hit for what neither of them can stand (relinquishing the reins from their leadership position failures).

    Barry in reply to txvet2. | June 2, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Good point.

    They stand around because the city leaders are part of the riots.

    Tel in reply to txvet2. | June 2, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Why was the Guard called up to encircle New Rochelle? Why not the police?

I’m all out of “give a damns”. If every prog run city burns to the ground I’m not going to shed a tear.

    txvet2 in reply to Barry. | June 2, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Can’t wait for the crocodile tears in the aftermath when they find out they’re a 30-minute subway ride from the nearest grocery or drug store.

    Tel in reply to Barry. | June 2, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Some of us are conservatives who can’t get out. Although, if the virus and looting keeps up, my job may be gone anyway.

    jb4 in reply to Barry. | June 2, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Within less than 5 years, I predict that NY State population with be down more than 10% and tax revenue will be down 20-25%, permanently. (NY was already the #1 state in out migration.)

This is making its way around the twitterverse. Judge for yourselves:

If it is authentic, it is awful, and terrifying.

this comment at Instapundit.

Have y’all noticed none of the looting, rioting, beating and mayhem we have seen all over the cities have targeted a single college or university?

Not one college. Not one university. None. Not UC Berkeley. Not NYU. Not Columbia. Not Princeton. Not UPenn. Not one Ivy League institution. Not even Yale, located inside one of the Northeast’s most violent cities.

No one has lifted a finger against Harvard – yet. The hedge fund masquerading as a university has not seen one broken window. Why is that?

They targeted the Bronx Zoo – but did the go after Fordham, next door? I have yet to see the news clip.

UMich? Nope. USC? Nope. Georgetown U? Not that one. GWU? Nope. UVA? Nah. I can still check to see…

Do you get me here? They will never torch their lair. Their Alma Maters who provide their mother’s milk – the POISON that is now fully manifest, destroying and pillaging as they go – will never see a brick thrown or a lighter turned on against them.

There’s your source of Antifa funding, Mr President. Right. There.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to 4fun. | June 2, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    They are not the only ones who have noticed that.

    That fact tells you exactly where their ringleaders of this treason are located, along with the Democrat Party.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to 4fun. | June 2, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Time to shut down all colleges and universities down for the next Academic Year.

    It’s just too violent and dangerous to have anything live on campus this coming Academic Year.

    We’ve noticed.

    Look, it’s not question where the organization for this terror has come from, nor it’s funding.

    What will Barr do when he gets back from his walk?

You got to see the picture of Biden taking a knee and good article on who is really all behind this shit as far as the black community goes

Guys, the NG is trained to assist the police. They provide at a minimum, additional personnel who can take over support role such as taking charge of prisoners on scene, setting a cordon or perimeter to direct crowd movement.

In a direct role they can serve to assist police with direct riot control. They are trained to utilize shields and in some cases batons to move and control a crowd.

The NG is the best option for governors to use to substantially increase their ability to effectively respond.
Contrast Minneapolis with NYC yesterday to view the difference in capabilities and ability to ‘dominate’ a location.

These “protests” are as peaceful as the “Religion of Peace”.

The mayor doesn’t want this to end too quickly, that is the real reason he is refusing use of the National Guard.

Governor Guano is worried about his reelection and the horrible job he has done in NY isn’t going to help his bid for the third term… though all he needs to worry about is the NYC vote which means he doesn’t need to worry much at all.

    Milhouse in reply to oldgoat36. | June 3, 2020 at 2:03 am

    though all he needs to worry about is the NYC vote which means he doesn’t need to worry much at all.

    On the contrary, he got a nasty shock last time when Zephyr Teachout cut heavily into his support. Now he’s much more vulnerable to another challenge from the left.

What a couple of goofballs.

It life and death weren’t at issue and the future of our nation wasn’t standing so precariously on a knife’s edge, these two clowns could star in a remake of the old sitcom Amos & Andy.

There is a silver-lining in all this:

obama saw to it that the US government armed every agency within it with machine guns and billions and billions of bullets. obama saw to it that zillions of body bags were bought by the fed, as well as enlargment of FEMA camps.

Why did he do all that? So hillary clinton could use them against us when we rose-up against her tyranny.

Ha, ha, ha.

Surely Cuomo does not need the mayor’s permission to move in the NY national guard.

Where’s Schumer, Gillibrand, Nadler, Cortez, Jeffries, Rose, Engel, Lowey and the rrest of them Dems and Repubs.
No leadership at any level

Well then….tonight was special.

Some good news on the respect for liberties front: NYC is now under curfew from 8:00 PM. This poses two problems for Jews: 1. The evening prayers, although they can technically be said after about 7:00 PM, are supposed to be said only after dark, which is at about 9:00 PM. Much more importantly, women who use the Mikveh (ritual pool) do so after sunset; and that’s not something that can be easily done without. Even those rabbis most gung-ho about shutting the synagogues and the men’s pools during the WuFlu crisis agreed that the women’s pools must remain open and in use regardless of any government regulations, because their use is central to Jewish life.

Fortunately the NYPD let it be known that religious needs would count as essential purposes for which it is permitted to break the curfew. Anyone stopped for being out should just tell the policeman that they’re going to or from a religious practice. What a change from the hostility to religion of a little while ago, and that still controls in some places.

Cuomo also speculated on the possibility of displacing de Blasio with National Guard leadership, citing alleged state of emergency powers, but stopped short of calling for it:

This is a little confused. He wasn’t citing state of emergency powers, but his normal power under NY law to fire the mayor. NYC mayors can’t be impeached or recalled, but the state governor can fire them.

“The chief executive officer of every city and the chief or commissioner of police, commissioner or director of public safety or other chief executive officer of the police force by whatever title he may be designated, of every city may be removed by the governor after giving to such officer a copy of the charges against him and an opportunity to be heard in his defense.”

Yes, let’s blame the NYPD, who were overwhelmed and handcuffed, for what happened. Cuomo has the authority to send in the national guard. He didn’t. This is on him.

One of the reasons his father was defeated in 1994 was his delay in sending the National Guard into the Crown Heights pogrom in 1991. (Something I heard at the time from a very inside source was that the reason he eventually did send the Guard in was that Israeli PM Yitzchak Shamir called him and said either you make this stop or we will. Of course I would never expect to see this ever confirmed. But my source was in a position to know.)

    Milwaukee in reply to Milhouse. | June 3, 2020 at 3:21 am

    Man, I’m one of those evangelical Catholic fans of Israel. So Shamir said fix it or we will.
    Totally awesome. I’m a fan of the vast majority of Israel, and dang, the leaders of Israel have been people with massive balls. Golda Meier was totally awesome as well.
    Years ago I read all new recruits to IDF were taken to Masada at the end of their training and swear, “Masada will not fall again.” Totally, totally awesome.
    Wasn’t Netanyahu a leader at the Entebbe raid? Totally awesome.
    This is what men look like.

      Milwaukee in reply to Milwaukee. | June 3, 2020 at 3:26 am

      The Jews are God’s chosen people. To the best of my understanding, He has not ever “unchose” them. He always keeps His promises, Always. Now, whether or not they are striving to walk in His will, well that’s above my pay grade. But really, “Fix this or we will.”
      Damn, that is awesome. Rock on.

      Milhouse in reply to Milwaukee. | June 3, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      Wasn’t Netanyahu a leader at the Entebbe raid?

      No, his brother.

      And no leader since Shamir has had any balls. Particularly not Netanyahu. They talk a great talk, and then when push comes to shove they cave. Even Sharon, who looked good for a while, ended up betraying the country. (Unlike most, I never trusted him since 1982 when he ordered the army into Yamit on a Shabbat in order to stop the protesters.)

Blasio obviously suffers from Stockholm syndrome. He’s been held hostage by blacks for decades. Hell, he’s married to and sleeps with one night and day. Between her and the kids and two-thirds of his office staff he’s surrounded by them 24-7/365. 98% of the words he hears everyday are from an insane moronic black point of view. Of course the retard is going to make crazy decisions.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to getsome. | June 3, 2020 at 4:24 am

    I think you meant to say LEFTISTS.

    tFlag of United States
    The same Democrats who didn’t want you to have access to
    to save your life, now don’t want you to have the National Guard to defend your life.

NYC problem. So let NYC fix it. De Blasio wants someone else to be stuck with fixing it so he can blame them for the inevitable cockups. And of course he’s hoping for someone else to pay for it, too. To make that all happen he’ll play dumb and helpless until somebody else thinks it necessary to step in. Then the finger-pointing can start.

No need to play his game. NYC is his pigeon (or rather, his turkey). It looks like the old town is getting what it deserves. Vote for a Dem, win stupid prizes.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to tom_swift. | June 3, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Right on.

    The DEMS made this tar baby
    so the DEMS can go down with this tar baby.

caseoftheblues | June 3, 2020 at 8:11 am

I wonder if the unions that force communities keep employed rogue cops will ever be called out. If you are looking for the real root of the problem there it is. And while you are at it call out the teachers union too for keeping utterly incompetent teachers employed often in schools serving minority communities. I’m guessing these unions who are really a major part of the problem will never ever get any blame and never be forced to change.

    I have said for years that universal school choice for everyone, in other words, COMPETITION, would go a long way to help get more people out of the modern “plantation”, otherwise known as the inner city ghetto.

    Milwaukee in reply to caseoftheblues. | June 3, 2020 at 11:29 am

    “universal school choice” needs to include decriminalizing school truancy.

    Mandatory, required legally with criminal penalties for non-compliance school attendance was sold with ‘we need an educated electorate’. My recent experience with a college sociology class was an eye opener. The two pages on the purpose of school didn’t mention education as in learning anything academic.

De Blasio was a red diaper baby–thatis, he grew up in a Communist Party family like the deputy executive editor of the Washington Compost and was himself a life-time CP fellow traveller. Did you see the picture of his daughter with the ring through her nose–when she was arrested the cops should have pulled that ring. I am frankly disappointed with Trump. He has full authority to federalize the state National Guards when local officials are unwilling or unable to maintain order. See Grover Cleveland’s sending in federal troops in th railroad workers strike
(explicitly upheld by the Supreme Court)and Eisenhowr’s federalization of the Arkansas National Guard in the Little Rock school crisis. And no more rubber bullets–bayonet charges and live ammunition. And congratulations for the Omaha d.a. in. upholding self-defense. At least some city governments are not in the hands of traitors.

BierceAmbrose | June 4, 2020 at 4:59 pm

Moar popcorn.