It’s quite the contrast to finally see some light being shone on what a vile human being New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is versus how the media tried to pitch him in counterpoint to President Donald Trump last year as the heroic Democratic champion over the pandemic.
Imagine they were actually pushing this character as a potential presidential candidate; this was even after the basic elements of the nursing home scandal had become public.
His nursing home order may have contributed to the 15,000 deaths from nursing homes. Then he tried to cover up and hide the data. But then, this year, came the charges of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior with women. That seemed to open the floodgates where the deaths didn’t, despite many writing and calling for an investigation since last year. People who hadn’t come out before because they were afraid of the power that he wielded in New York finally started coming forward and spilling on Cuomo. Some of those folks spilling sound like they’re staffers.
According to a New York Times account, Cuomo was upset about having to campaign on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
He could also bridle at the indignity of voter courtship, growing especially irritated about an event celebrating Sukkot, the Jewish harvest holiday when the faithful gather outdoors beneath temporary shelters of branches and greenery. “These people and their fucking tree houses,” Cuomo vented to his team, according to a person who witnessed it and another who was briefed on his comments at the time. (The spokesman denied both incidents, adding: “His two sisters married Jewish men, and he has the highest respect for Jewish traditions.”)
Oh, my. “These people?” Not to mention the rest — you denigrate the holiday by speaking derisively of a “treehouse?” Then to fall back on “my sisters.” His sisters aren’t him and this is a lot like “I have Jewish friends” for a defense.
Cuomo has also had issues with a number of Orthodox Jewish communities in regard to pandemic rules, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Cuomo’s relationship with the Jewish community has largely been positive for most of his career. But his ties with the Orthodox Jewish community hit a rough patch in the fall when Cuomo ordered tightened restrictions on a number of Orthodox neighborhoods with heightened COVID test positivity rates during a major surge in cases. Coincidentally or not, those restrictions were announced during Sukkot.
One Orthodox advocacy group, Agudath Israel, even sued Cuomo, claiming that a rule restricting attendance at religious services in those neighborhoods was a violation of religious liberty. The Supreme Court agreed with Agudath Israel in November and the rule eventually was amended.
We’ve also covered some of Cuomo’s issues including when he threatened to shut down synagogues unless they complied.
Puts NY's treatment of Orthodox Jews under Covid in a somewhat different light. https://t.co/6IXbkDLEiK
— Jonathan H. Adler (@jadler1969) April 13, 2021
Antisemites gonna antisemite.
Cuomo did nothing when NY was experiencing a year+ wave of hate crimes against Jews. Then he baselessly tried to smear Jews as responsible for the virus.
He’s a terrible person and a worse Governor. https://t.co/O7GtH81YHh
— AG (@AGHamilton29) April 13, 2021
"((( These people ))) and their fucking tree houses." – Andrew Cuomo.
How this man is still in office is beyond our comprehension. https://t.co/2IK1btCFCC
— StopAntisemitism.org (@StopAntisemites) April 13, 2021
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) April 13, 2021
Why is he still there? He’s trying to skate to the end of his term next year and do a Ralph Northam. The fact that he’s still there indicates that we no longer hold Democrats accountable for anything.