The disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, once widely debated as a potential Democratic presidential nominee, held the far left accountable for his soft spot on crime, arguing that what progressives are doing is hurting the very people who claim to represent criminals.
“Democrats: When you ignore crime, you hurt the people you represent,” Cuomo tweeted Thursday, along with a clip from Quake Media, the platform that hosts his As a Matter of Fact podcast.
The video, entitled Ignoring Crime: The Opposite of Progress” was posted on Cuomo’s YouTube channel.
“The far left doesn’t want to talk about crime,” Cuomo said. “They don’t want to hear the word crime.”
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“There is no crime problem,” the former governor added with obvious sarcasm. “This is all Republican propaganda.”
Cuomo then said crime most affects low-income and minority communities — the same people, he argued, Democrats should represent.
“Do you know who the victims of crime are?” he asked. “Over 70% black, brown and poor. So, tell me, who does the Democratic Party really represent if not black, brown, and poor? And when you refuse to raise the issue of crime, the people who pay the price are the black, the brown, and the poor. You are paying the price for your left-wing extremist policies.”
Cuomo’s comments come as some retail outlets across the country are closing their doors, citing crime as the main reason.
For example, this month a beauty shop in California closed after being robbed or burgled a dozen times. In Portland, Oregon, a clothing store closed for good last year after it faced a series of burglaries that left the store financially ruined, according to a note on the front of the store.
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“Our city is in danger,” read a printed note posted to the Rains PDX store. “Small businesses (and big ones) can’t keep doing business in the current state of our city. We have no protection or remedy against criminal conduct that goes unpunished. Don’t be fooled into thinking that insurance companies cover losses. We’ve suffered 15 burglaries…we haven’t received any monetary compensation since the 3rd.”
Walmart has also closed several locations in Portland and Chicago, partly for financial reasons, but also apparently because of crime. The closures came after Walmart CEO Doug McMillon warned last year of the devastating impact rising crime is having on retail stores.
“Theft is a problem. It’s higher than it has been in the past,” McMillon told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in December. He added that if the crime wave doesn’t stop soon and prosecutors don’t bring charges against shoplifters, “prices will be higher and/or stores will close.”
In Philadelphia, convenience store chain Wawa closed branches permanently due to crime and reduced hours at some suburban stores.
Republicans are fairly critical of progressive prosecutors in the Democrat-led blue cities, arguing that they indulge in crime and contribute to high crime rates in the big cities.
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In a prominent move last year, San Francisco voters ousted progressive district attorney Chesa Boudin in a recall vote that focused on his soft crime policy, which included prosecuting significantly fewer felonies and misdemeanors than his predecessors. Boudin had said he wanted to abolish cash bail and end “mass incarceration”.
In St. Louis, the city’s Attorney Kimberly Gardner is currently facing widespread backlash for pursuing similar policies — including efforts by the Missouri Attorney General to remove her from office.
Washington, DC also made national headlines recently for unsuccessfully attempting to implement a dramatic overhaul of its penal code. Republicans and many Democrats complained that the proposal would ease criminal sanctions in a city already suffering from rising crime rates.
Cuomo saw his political star rise in the Democratic Party as the COVID-19 pandemic raged and lockdowns were in full force in 2020. The governor’s candid daily press briefings and forceful measures to shut down New York earned him national recognition from many in his party. and President Biden even called him the “gold standard” for governors. Media figures have been hyping the prospect of Cuomo running for president. Some even called him the “acting president” during former President Trump’s administration.
However, a series of events took place behind the scenes that led to Cuomo’s disgrace from office.
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In March 2020, Cuomo issued a policy for nursing homes to admit elderly patients with COVID-19. Thousands of people died in New York’s nursing homes as a result.
The Cuomo government has radically underestimated the number of deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes. In January 2021, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a damning report detailing the extent of the damage.
Months later, James released another report in which he concluded that Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women, including current and former employees. The report also noted that Cuomo oversaw a workplace culture that was “riddled with fear and intimidation.”
Cuomo resigned in August 2021. In his first full day as former governor, his successor acknowledged that the state had suffered nearly 12,000 more deaths from COVID than Cuomo publicly admitted.
Last month, a former Cuomo employee who accused the ex-governor of sexual harassment in a federal lawsuit filed another lawsuit against New York, alleging that the state government was responsible for Cuomo’s harassment and for the actions of other employees, who did not respond to the matter as soon as it was reported.
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Cuomo is also currently facing another lawsuit over New York nursing home deaths during the pandemic, with the plaintiff alleging Cuomo’s pride and “unreserved greed” led to unnecessary deaths.
The lawsuit was filed by Sean Newman in federal district court in Brooklyn. Newman is married to Janice Dean, who is Fox News Channel’s senior weather forecaster. Newman’s parents died in state nursing homes in early 2020 amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
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