New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is under heavy fire on Tuesday after he said the n-word live during a radio interview with WAMC.
The New York Post reported that Cuomo called into the show to discuss racism against Italian-Americans while the radio hosts were on the topic of Indigenous Peoples Day, the growing politically correct alternative to the traditional Columbus Day.
The Times’ report said that while in the middle of that conversation, Cuomo “said the entire n-word while talking about slurs once used against the Italian community.”
“They used an expression that southern Italians were called, I believe they were saying southern Italians, Sicilians — I’m half Sicilian — were called, quote-unquote and pardon my language, but I’m just quoting the Times: ‘n—r wops.’ N-word wops, as a derogatory comment,” the New York governor can be heard saying.
And he doesn’t just brush over it. He says the entire thing, slowly and clearly.
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He then goes on, laughing as he says to the radio host,
“When I said that ‘wop’ was a derogatory comment, that was when the Times Union told me, no, you should look in Wikipedia, ‘wop’ really meant a dandy.”
Although the reports of his comments have exploded on the right across social media, he’s yet to make a public comment. And his fellow elected leaders haven’t exactly raised their voices to condemn the statements.
You can hear the radio segment in the video below.
Social media came alive on Tuesday after news broke about the state leader’s comments.
The two previously talked about anti Italian-American stereotypes that Cuomo chafes at.
— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) October 15, 2019
The criticisms began pouring in.
He said it in the context of trying to yell at the New York Times for being unfair to him, referencing a term they used.
So the motivation behind the using of the word wasn’t even defensible. It was just self serving, which is par for the course with Andrew Cuomo. https://t.co/h04g0G2NfQ
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) October 15, 2019
The group Brothers Before Others, a national non profit organization made up of active and retired police officers, put out a challenge to the country to hold our leaders to a higher standard.
If any police officer, anywhere in the nation, did this, they would be suspended and fired within days. Why are these politicians held to different standards? https://t.co/R8jvLkksJB
— BrothersBeforeOthers (@bboinc14) October 15, 2019
A few months ago, Governor Cuomo’s brother, Chris, a well-known anchor with CNN, was captured on video exploding into a rage-filled rant after someone called him “Fredo”, a reported derogatory term toward Italians.
Many mainstream media outlets aren’t picking up this week’s story. Are we going to ask more of our leaders and hold them to the standards that they should meet as elected leaders? Or will be just continue to ignore facts in favor of trying to push a narrative?
Most police officers and emergency responders seem to have a negative attitude toward the governor, which makes sense given his track record.
He skips out on memorials for fallen officers like 9/11 hero Luis Alvarez.
He blows off ceremonies for emergency responders in favor of attending parties and going zip-lining.
Simply put: it just generally looks like he couldn’t possibly care less.
Maybe this time he won’t get away with it.
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