Another prominent member of the Democratic Party appears to be in a curious and contagious cognitive decline. After an uptick in deaths of black citizens from COVID-19 cases in his state and unrestricted violence in the streets of his largest city, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stands tall, releasing a poster of his artwork to appease his frustrated and frightened citizenry. It’s a gesture akin to handing a jug of water to a drowning man.
The poster, titled New York Tough, is supposed to reflect the 111 days in which the state was the epicenter of the virus, highlighting the people who were up to the task – essential workers, out-of-state assists, and his three daughters – tugging on the COVID-19 curve to bring it down the mountain. Also, on the soon-to-be-hanging-in-every-home picture – like that of JFK and Jesus – is the image of a young man dangling off the Boyfriend Cliff, a direct trolling of his daughter Mariah’s choice in men.
Is this a sign of fiddling while Rome burns? Or has Cuomo lost his grip on reality?
What the poster doesn’t depict, what Cuomo has conveniently forgotten, is 32,000 dead. It does not include the childish rivalry the good governor has with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who kept telling folks not to worry, be happy, and continue to gather in mask-less droves. And what the governor forgot to add is the thousands of deaths he allowed in his state’s nursing homes, when he ordered them to take COVID-positive folks as hospitals began to run out of available beds.
Spray the Embers With Jet Fuel
There may be additional evidence of something going very wrong in New York: The governor’s list of priorities isn’t quite right. Cuomo seems indifferent to the Big Apple’s increase in violence sparked, fueled, and inflamed by the mayor’s pandering to Black Lives Matter. De Blasio has rescinded freedom for the good people looking to find a pub and drink in peace, have a party, or attend a concert, but he encourages protesters to exercise their rights in large groups.
And now the very same folks insisting that BLM protests are necessary are complaining about the results of their campaign to tie the hands of law enforcement. Earlier this week during a press conference, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams addressed a crowd of reporters on the recent cases of protesting and gun violence. He held up a pair of baby shoes, symbolizing the death of a one-year-old African American child shot and killed at a family barbecue:
“Babies are not supposed to be wearing these in a coffin.”
Yes, folks are rethinking de Blasio’s recent sleight-of-hand decisions to appease mouthy progressive pols and an angry black constituency. Last week New York’s corner huckster was all a-roar for defunding the police. If stats keep up, perhaps the mayor will revisit his knee-jerk please-like-me reaction.
And oddly, not a word from the governor – probably locked in his art studio – on the numbers released. Shootings are up 277% this week in NYC. What an unhappy coincidence.
But let’s paint sidewalks to irritate the man who doesn’t currently reside at Trump Tower and draw up a personal look-at-me graphic that makes zero sense. But it pleases Cuomo, who gleefully tweeted: “The Sea of Division. The Boyfriend Cliff. The Sun On The Other Side. See it all for yourself. Pre-order the New York Tough poster here.”
It will set you back only $14.50 plus shipping and handling, hopefully by someone wearing gloves. But what an important, albeit bizarre and reflective glimpse into this elected man’s mindset. Jesus and JFK, move on over.
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