I just watched Cuomo’s press conference and it’s open war between him and de Blasio. Cuomo spent a long time entertaining the hypothetical of what it would take to remove de Blasio from office so the National Guard could be used to help police New York City. He began with these comments:
Cuomo was referring to widespread looting in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan last night. More detail on Cuomo’s remarks here.
Earlier, there was this (de Blasio’s daughter was protesting):
And, of course, there’s de Blasio’s weak response to NYPD cars running through protesters:
“And imagine what it would be like, you’re just trying to do your job and then you see hundreds of people converging upon you. I’m not gonna blame officers who are trying to deal with an absolutely impossible situation,” de Blasio said Saturday. “The folks who were converging on that police car did the wrong thing to begin with and they created an untenable situation. I wish the officers had found a different approach. But let’s begin at the beginning. The protesters in that video did the wrong thing to surround them, surround that police car, period.”
It looks like the NYPD is letting looting occur (or can’t be arsed to stop it), heavily policing peaceful protests, while showing open disrespect to de Blasio and his family, even though de Blasio is trying to placate them. Plus, Cuomo is absolutely shitting on him with zero pushback.
Is de Blasio as weak and useless as he appears? Is the NYPD an unstoppable juggernaut? Or did I miss something that people who live in NYC understand?