EDITOR’S NOTE: We New York residents feel great satisfaction to have finally reached the moment of exposure of corrupt Governor Andrew Cuomo for the most disgusting of all his traits: bullying opponents of all kinds and especially political adversaries. Our satisfaction is even greater when his corruption is exposed by his fellow democrats like NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and many others. But our satisfaction will not be complete until voters of NY finish once and for all his political career. Enjoy the video and the news by NY Post…
De Blasio slams governor’s threats to assemblyman as ‘classic’ Cuomo bullying
Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “bullying” of Assemblyman Ron Kim on Thursday — as he stood by the Queens pol saying, “I believe him.”
“It’s a sad thing to say, Mika, but that’s classic Andrew Cuomo,” de Blasio told Mika Brzezinski Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
The host asked Hizzoner to weigh in on Cuomo’s alleged threats to “destroy” Kim if he didn’t change a public statement related to the nursing home scandal.
De Blasio — who has publicly feuded with the governor, including during the COVID-19 crisis — said Cuomo’s reaction was nothing new.
“A lot of people in New York state have received those phone calls,” de Blasio said. “The bullying is nothing new. I believe Ron Kim and it’s very, very sad. No public servant, no person who is telling the truth, should be treated that way.
“The threats, the belittling, the demand that someone change their statement right that moment — many, many times I’ve heard that and I know a lot of other people in the state that have heard that.”
Later, at his daily press briefing, the mayor again threw his support behind Kim, reiterating that he’s been on the receiving end of tough conversations with his state counterpart.
“Many times,” de Blasio said. “I believe Ron Kim … I believe him and he did not deserve to be treated that way and I admire him for coming forward and telling exactly what happened.”
He added that Cuomo’s treatment of Kim, whose uncle died of COVID in a nursing home, was “not acceptable.”
“Ron Kim was trying to raise real concerns and honest concerns on behalf of families in this city, in this state, who have lost loved ones — and that deserves respect and he wasn’t given respect,” de Blasio said.
Kim said the allegedly threatening phone call from Cuomo came on Feb. 11, a day after secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa’s stunning admission in a conference call with lawmakers that the state withheld the true death toll of nursing home residents out of fear it would be “used against us” in a federal probe.
Cuomo allegedly called Kim warning him, “You have not seen my wrath” as he demanded Kim issue a statement to say that “Melissa DeRosa said there was a federal investigation and they had to deal with that first.”
“I can tell the whole world what a bad person you are and you will be finished,” Kim recalled Cuomo saying.
“You will be destroyed.”
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi accused Kim of “lying about his conversation” with the governor, denying that threats were ever exchanged.
Asked about de Blasio’s name-calling, Azzopardi referred to his 800-word statement from Wednesday, which pointed to the governor and Kim’s “long, hostile relationship.”