Trump: “NYC, CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD. The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast!”
New York City is always a hotbed for violent political “protests” and mass chaos from radical leftists, and Monday night was no exception.
The city, like many big Democrat-controlled cities across America, was the site of another round of marches yesterday over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died May 25th after (former) Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kept a knee pressed firmly onto his neck for nearly nine minutes after responding to a report alleging use of a counterfeit $20 bill for a purchase from Cup Foods, according to the criminal complaint (pdf) filed Friday.
When asked during his Tuesday presser about the apocalyptic scenes that played out across his Monday night going into Tuesday morning, Gov. Cuomo put the blame squarely on everybody but himself. “The NYPD and the Mayor did not do their job last night,” he stated. “It was a disgrace.”
Cuomo went on to state that the NYC police force is plenty large enough to handle the protests and riots, and that he had offered de Blasio National Guard resources, but that the mayor turned him down. Cuomo also speculated on the possibility of displacing de Blasio with National Guard leadership, citing alleged state of emergency powers, but stopped short of calling for it:
“I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I believe he underestimates the duration of the problem, and I don’t think they’ve used enough police to address the situation,” Cuomo said.
“You have 38,000 police officers. Deploy them. Give them support. On the video tape, to me, you see a lot of looting, and not enough police presence,” he added.
Cuomo, a Democrat, said that he had offered to send the National Guard to New York City and that de Blasio, who is also a Democrat, had not accepted the offer. In comments that at times appeared to be thinly veiled threats, Cuomo repeatedly noted that a way to override de Blasio on the matter would be to “displace the mayor.”
“Can you displace a mayor? Yes. A mayor can be removed. It has not happened. I can’t find a precedent. But theoretically it is legally possible,” Cuomo said at one point. “It is a bizarre thing to try to do in this situation. I think it would make a bad situation worse. Also, I don’t think it’s necessary, because I believe the NYPD can do this, because the NYPD has done this.” more