Politics here in the United States can be a mess at times. It can be embarrassing, vitriolic, obscene, and downright petty at times. As we slink ever closer to the 2020 election, (now just 11 weeks away), all of these adjectives seem to be exponentially truer – especially that part about being petty.
In the final throes of this campaign season, we have two major events left: The Republican National Convention, slated to start in just under a week, and the Democratic National Convention which began last night – but with a whimper.
Things were so bad at the DNC that one of the former 2020 candidates themselves panned the event as the equivalent of “binge-watching a Marriott commercial“.
But, when the show wasn’t akin to watching paint dry, it was petty and vindictive and aimed squarely in the direction of President Donald Trump.
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One of the men who frequently spars with Trump, (almost certainly for the sake of attention), is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who last night made a silly point in referring to COVID-19 as the “European Virus”.
“Our collective strength is exercised through government. It is, in effect, our immune system. And our current federal government is dysfunctional and incompetent. It couldn’t fight off the virus. In fact, it didn’t even see it coming. The European virus infected the northeast while the White House was still fixated on China,” Cuomo said during his speech, an apparent counterpoint to Trump’s labeling of COVID-19 as the “China virus.”
He added: “The virus had been attacking us for months before they even knew it was here. We saw the failure of a government that tried to deny the virus, then tried to ignore it, and then tried to politicize it. The failed federal government that watched New York get ambushed by their negligence, and then watched New York suffer, but all through it learned nothing.”
Cuomo’s logic is that Trump’s characterization of the virus as the “China virus” is racist and derogatory, but claiming that the virus is from Europe is somehow better.
This is like using UberEats to order McDonald’s and rebranding your sandwich as an “UberEats Big Mac”, completely ignoring the reality of its inception, which further reiterates the point that Cuomo’s comments were meant to be a petty headline-grabber and not a legitimate take on the subject.
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