New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has a clear message for President-elect Donald Trump after the latter scored an upset victory over Hillary Clinton while running on a platform of hatred for everyone who isn’t a straight, Caucasian person who comes at the tail end of generations of residency in the United States.
Cuomo, as a leading Democrat, isn’t interested in putting up with Trump’s rhetoric in any capacity, no matter how “presidential” Trump wants to pretend to be.
On that note, the New York governor wrote in an email sent out by his state’s Democratic Party that, should any person of a minority feel unsafe or unwelcome anywhere in the United States because of either Trump’s behavior and rhetoric or that of his followers, then that person is welcome in the state of New York, a place which Cuomo calls a “refuge.”
Cuomo wrote, “As New Yorkers, we have fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign. So let me be absolutely clear: If anyone feels that they are under attack, I want them to know that the state of New York — the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor — is their refuge.”
He went on, touching on some of the differences so exploited by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, saying, “Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York.”
Cuomo’s full statement is featured below.
Cuomo responds: if people feel "under attack … state of New York … is their refuge." pic.twitter.com/tDRbLB9J1X
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US Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke recently on a note similar to Cuomo, stating unequivocally that should Trump continue with his racist and otherwise bigoted rhetoric as president, then Sanders will happily assume the title of Trump’s “worst nightmare.”
And indeed, there are millions of Americans, as represented by the nationwide anti-Trump protests which have no clear end in sight, who think along the same lines as Cuomo and Sanders, and are chomping at the bit as it were to fight against Trump continuing any of his sexist, racist, or otherwise bigoted rhetoric once he takes office as president come January.
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