Andrew Cuomo railed against the police for refusing to enforce his lockdown rules, alleging that they were not real law enforcement officers.
Last week, the New York governor limited the number of people who can attend a Thanksgiving festival in a private residence and put a curfew on bars and restaurants.
"We know that indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of the spread of COVID," he announced. "To slow the spread, NYS will limit gatherings in private homes to 10 people."
The edict sparked a backlash between several sheriffs in the Empire State, with some even saying they would not enforce the arbitrary rules.
Fulton County's sheriff Richard Giardino says Governor Andrew #Cuomo is confused about the power of his executive orders – and that local police will not interfere with New Yorkers' #thanking. #NY #NewYork #coronavirus #VarneyCo pic.twitter.com/gqVeFXYeIr
– Varney & Co. (@Varneyco) November 19, 2020
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Sheriff argues that Cuomo's lockdown rules are unconstitutional
Richard Giardino, Sheriff of Fulton County, said in an interview with "Varney & Co." by FOX Business Network considered the restrictions in its own home "unconstitutional".
"I'm not against the governor. I'm against his executive order," said Giardino. "I think it's unconstitutional … If anyone is out I will wish them a happy Thanksgiving and tell them that they have a well-deserved time with." their family should enjoy. "
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The sheriff even revealed the extent of Cuomo's executive order, noting that "you have to wear a mask around the house and disinfect it when people leave".
"It's absurd," added Giardino.
Betsy McCaughey, the former Lieutenant Governor of New York, called Cuomo a "petty tyrant" because of the new COVID restrictions and advised the public not to abide by his "petty, despotic edicts".
A handful of sheriffs in the backcountry counties also said they would not enforce Cuomo's lockdown rules, although their concerns were more about using resources to police people in their own homes rather than dealing with emergencies like 911.
With another wave of the #coronavirus, #NY Governor Andrew #Cuomo wants to solve the problem with more #lockdowns! @Betsy_McCaughey says #NYC has seen enough # economic destruction already. #NewYork #VarneyCo pic.twitter.com/MYCmy8IwCK
– Varney & Co. (@Varneyco) November 12, 2020
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Andrew Cuomo goes after officers for refusing to enforce his draconian executive orders
Rather than responding with a sensible, measured approach, Cuomo attacked those in law enforcement who refused to pursue his whim because they might not be true law enforcement officers.
"I don't think this person is a law enforcement officer," Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday. "I don't want a law enforcement officer who says, 'I'm only enforcing the law that I like or that I think should be enforced. "
The Democratic governor equated the wearing of masks and private gatherings with domestic violence.
"Well, I'm not going to enforce domestic violence laws because it's a family matter?" He mocked. "No: there is a law and you have to enforce the law or not call yourself a law enforcement officer."
Governor Cuomo's Thanksgiving mandate to limit Thanksgiving to 10 people is overreach for the government. Law enforcement should focus on the increasing crime, not destroy the holiday dinners. Glad some, including NYPD, are publicly opposed to this. pic.twitter.com/sT9Up6IZpk
– Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) November 19, 2020
Cuomo has been on the sidelines lately, perhaps because people are starting to realize that no politician in America is responsible for COVID-related deaths through targeted traceable measures.
He attacked Wall Street Journal reporter Jimmy Vielkind, a typically friendly journalist, for pointing out that parents were confused about New York school closings.
"Let's try not to be obnoxious and abusive in your tone," he said to Vielkind in a disgusting and insulting tone.
He later added that it was the reporter who was “confused”, speaking to them like a child when he declared schools would not be closed and found out shortly after that the schools were being opened by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, had been closed.
Governor Cuomo was having a nervous breakdown when a reporter simply asked a question about whether or not schools are open in NY tomorrow.
He literally started yelling at the reporter. pic.twitter.com/NBem5zpnK0
– Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) November 18, 2020
Cuomo has been embroiled in a coronavirus scandal that many believe may have killed thousands of seniors in the pandemic.
The Democratic governor issued an executive order in March under which critics forced nursing homes to admit patients who had tested positive for coronavirus.
The spread in these nursing homes was devastating.
Cuomo, the leader of a state that has by far the most COVID deaths, is currently selling a book on how he beat the pandemic.