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New York's Cuomo calls politics 'hammer into the middle' of U.S. during pandemic


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that he was hearing the “music of a campaign season” in Washington’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, warning that partisanship could drive a “hammer into the middle of this country.” Cuomo’s wide-ranging remarks also criticized what he called the “extraordinarily dangerous” politicization of the response to a pandemic that has killed more than 58,000 Americans and left millions jobless. The Democratic governor, who has intermittently traded barbs with U.S. President Donald Trump and other Republican politicians during the crisis, made a thinly veiled reference to the upcoming national election in November. “I’ve heard this music before. This is the music of a campaign season, this is the music of a rally, and balloons and ‘It’s us versus them’ and ‘We’re good and they’re bad’ and that is poison right now as to where we are,” Cuomo told a briefing.


Cuomo, who previously blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion that states like New York should be able to declare bankruptcy if financially crippled by the crisis, took fresh aim at Florida Senator Rick Scott. 29 April 2020

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