NY Governor Cuomo: My COVID-19 Approach ‘Worked’ And ‘Was Beautiful’

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During the Democratic National Convention on Monday night, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that his COVID-19 strategy “worked” and “was beautiful.” New York state has more deaths than any other state, and more than double the state with the second most deaths, New Jersey.

“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.” Cuomo said, though he was encouraging New Yorkers to continue life as usual as late as March. “The failed federal government that watched New York get ambushed by their negligence and then watch New York suffer but all through it learned absolutely nothing.”

“So today, six months after it began, the nation is still unprepared. And we now face a second threat, but this time not from mother nature, this is a manmade threat by our own negligence. We now see the virus ricocheting across the country from one state to another. Today we trail the world in defeating COVID. We have over 5 million cases…” Cuomo continued. “Americans learned the critical lesson, how vulnerable we are when we are divided and how many lives can be lost when our government is incompetent…”

“Of course, we will socially distance because staying away shows how close we actually are.” Cuomo said. “Yes, we will set up testing and tracing and do whatever we need to do to mobilize to win this battle because we are America. We win wars and we are the greatest country on the globe.”

“And for all the pain and all the tears, our way worked and it was beautiful.” Cuomo said. “We showed that our better angels are strong and that Americans will rise to their call. We saw that even at the end of the day, even if it is a long day that love wins, Americans’ eyes have been opened and we have seen in this crisis, the truth that government matters and leadership matters. And it determines whether we thrive and grow or whether we live or die.”