Cuomo is a major problem for NY. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now in full-on flailing mode, zig-zagging wildly in the wake of New York’s coronavirus horrors. Sometimes he seizes on common sense — as he finally did Wednesday in announcing that, yes, indoor dining can resume in New York City (though not ’til month’s end). Yet he was ranting at length just the day before about why that reopening couldn’t happen. And this follows his bizarre, and fully premeditated, claim that “Donald Trump caused the COVID outbreak in New York.” That’s right: “caused.” This while Cuomo is demanding the moon when it comes to a federal bailout for the state.
For the record, “caused” boils down to the president not banning travel from Europe in time — even though Democrats kept calling those bans extreme back when Trump did it. Cuomo’s Tuesday tirade also ran to his grudge over the prez’s cap on the federal government’s state and local income-tax deduction (a gripe that, as E.J. McMahon notes, isn’t remotely reality-based) as the gov fumed that Trump “is trying to kill New York City.” Cuomo even claimed that Trump “admitted” triggering the outbreak, though an aide could show only that some Trump officials said folks initially underestimated COVID’s spread from Europe.