Thursday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he believes New York State Democrat Assemblyman Ron Kim’s claim that Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened him over Kim’s criticisms of the governor’s coverup of nursing home coronavirus deaths in the state. De Blasio described such behavior as “classic Andrew Cuomo.”
“It’s a sad thing to say, Mika, but that’s classic Andrew Cuomo,” de Blasio told the show’s co-host. “A lot of people in New York State have received those phone calls. The bullying is nothing new. I believe Ron Kim, and it’s very, very sad. No public servant, no person who’s telling the truth should be treated that way. But yeah, the threats, the belittling, the demand that someone changed their statement right that moment, many, many times, I’ve heard that and I know a lot of other people in this state have heard that.”
Wow. It’s not often that Democrat leaders condemn each other so publicly.
De Blasio added that he believes Kim “100%. It’s — first of all, I know him, he’s a good public servant. I’ve always seen him as a person of integrity, but it’s just — the script is exactly what a lot of us have heard before. It’s not a surprise. It’s sad. It’s not the way people should be treated. And, you know, a lot of people get intimidated by that. I give him credit for not being intimidated.”
Cuomo is not just on the ropes at this point; he’s down for the count.