We’ve always known that the left can dish it out, but they can’t take it – and the “Cuomo Watch” Twitter account hilariously made the point Thursday.
As many recall, then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia in June 2018 by co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson – supposedly at the urging of restaurant staff – because said staff and Wilkinson believed Sanders worked for an “inhumane and unethical” administration. Just days prior, then-Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kjirsten Nielsen was booed at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C.
Days after the Sanders incident, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-Auntie) made remarks praising the folks who instigated these scenes, suggesting that others do the same and even go further – remarks that these days might be considered as inciting violence against government officials.
If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Imagine if someone saw Jen Psaki out at some gastropub in Georgetown and created a crowd to tell her she’s not welcome anymore, anywhere? That would just be shrugged off, right?
Or, imagine if someone said that people should target New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, to push back on them. After all, in the guilt-by-association world in which we now live, anyone in Cuomo’s administration is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of vulnerable elderly Americans. Surely, such ire is warranted, am I right?
The “Cuomo Watch” Twitter account took Maxine Waters’ exact words and attributed them to an anonymous Cuomo Watch official named, well, Maxine, but directed the push back at any member of the Cuomo Administration in a tweet sent Thursday afternoon. Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s secretary, was tagged in the tweet.
“If you see anybody from the Cuomo Administration in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere.” -Maxine CuomoWatch@melissadderosa pic.twitter.com/VbeTf7Rl7R
— Cuomo Watch (@CuomoWatch) January 28, 2021
They have to get the joke, right? There’s no way they don’t see that this is a set-up.
Thanks to Alex Griswold, we know two things – a good 50 percent of New York’s Democrat legislators can’t spell “siege” correctly, based on the sample size, and more than a handful of them are unaware that this “threat” comes from one of their own.
A troll account edited Maxine Waters' comments about harassing Trump officials to apply to Andrew Cuomo staffers, and NY state legislators are legit outraged, lmao pic.twitter.com/pI2KlKSsrk
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) January 29, 2021
Since Griswold’s photos show as a collage in this story, we’ll transcribe the verbiage for readers. First up is the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Carl L. Heastie, who said:
This is appalling and dangerous. Encouraging violence must never be tolerated. Shame on whoever is behind this kind of garbage.
Next, New York State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx):
What’s wrong with you? Threatening violence against duly elected representatives of the people of New York is fascism. The hatred unleashed by Trump and his gang of thugs continues to reverberate throughout the country. Enough is enough.
Jenifer Rajkumar, New York State Assemblywoman representing Queens, said:
This kind of incitement to violence against government leaders must stop. Especially after the recent seige [sic] at the U.S. Capitol, we must condemn these types of threats. They endanger our democracy. This is not who we are and we can do better.
Kenny Burgos, a NYS Assemblyman from the Bronx, tweeted:
We need to stop this behavior towards elected officials and especially their staff. The seige [sic] of the Capitol empowered behavior like this and must be stopped at any moment it creeps its head out in any fashion.
New York State Assemblyman representing Rockland County, Ken Zebrowski, had this to say:
This is dangerous, reprehensible and has no place in any public discussion. Oh, and spare me the “someone else did it too” excuse. Someone else saying a variation of this doesn’t change the fact that this is seeking to incite violence against a public official and their staff.
Really? Please send your regards to Sarah Sanders.
Debi Rose, NYC Councilmember, said:
To Rose’s credit, once someone pointed out that Maxine Waters was the originator of that sentiment she backtracked and admitted that it’s “sad that anyone feels that they/we have to resort to that kind of bully mentality to address problems.”
I know and it’s sad that anyone feels that they/we have to resort to that kind of bully mentality to address problems. https://t.co/M4oTix6t5S
— Debi Rose (@CMDebiRose) January 29, 2021
Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) was also caught up, but deleted his tweet. Fortunately Griswold caught it:
Torres’ now-deleted tweet reads:
As a Congressman who lived through the insurrection against the US Congress, I am appalled by the tweet below, which is an invitation to violence against public officials. We must all denounce in no uncertain terms any attempt at inciting political violence.
As a woman who spent most of Thursday dealing with parody accounts attacking me over my reporting on public officials and utilizing photos of my children in their efforts to harass me, I completely agree with Rep. Torres. Will Torres have the stomach to call Rep. Waters out on her words from 2018 or call his colleague, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, out on her melodramatic cries against Sen. Ted Cruz? I wish I could have faith that his denunciation is nonpartisan, but I don’t.