Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to think he doesn’t need to play by the strict rules he sets for his fellow New Yorkers.
At his coronavirus briefing on Monday, the Democratic governor was caught threatening to punish people who do not wear masks — while speaking at a news conference without a face covering of his own, the Daily Caller’s Scott Morefield reported.
Cuomo breaks his own rules
To illustrate his point, Cuomo said that failure to wear masks when in close quarters could “literally kill someone.” Strong words.
“Do I think local governments should be enforcing it and should there be sanctions? Yes. Because this is a public health emergency,” he said. “I think there should be a penalty because you could literally kill someone. You could literally kill someone because you didn’t want to wear a mask. How cruel and irresponsible would that be?”
It’s a good thing the unmasked governor wasn’t in a full conference room or anything like that while issuing his admonition.
New York — especially New York City and its metro area — is without a doubt the area of the country most impacted by COVID-19. The NYPD said that dozens of New Yorkers were fined for breaking social distancing regulations this weekend, which saw nice spring weather arrive in the state, according to Breitbart.
Although deaths and hospitalizations have been on the decline in New York, Cuomo has repeatedly insisted that it’s not yet time for residents to let their guard down. However, parts of his state can start to open on schedule on May 15, he said Monday, according to Fox News.
Lockdown exposing hypocrisy
Cuomo is hardly the only public official who seems to think he deserves special treatment. There have been various reports of state and municipal officials breaking their own lockdown orders — including Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who was caught getting a haircut (a common activity before it became a misdemeanor) and a Texas mayor who got her nails done, as NBC News reported.
Andrew Cuomo’s brother, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, admitted to breaking his “quarantine” to check out some real estate in the Hamptons, Fox News reported.
It looks like some kind of a pattern is taking shape.
Although failure to wear a mask could make everyday New Yorkers liable for murder, Cuomo doesn’t seem terribly concerned about those in his own immediate proximity. “It’s the least that we can do, right?” Cuomo asked with regard to wearing a face covering.
Yeah, no kidding.