Has the president ever said anything like this? “If you socially distanced and you wore a mask and you were smart, none of this would be a problem. It’s allllll self-imposed. It’s all self-imposed. If you didn’t eat the cheesecake, you wouldn’t have a weight problem.”
Trump looooooves to spread blame for his mistakes but offhand I can’t remember him blaming the victims of COVID for their own illness and resulting government-imposed hardships. He’ll blame China, he’ll blame experts like Fauci who were slow to embrace masks, but even POTUS had the basic good sense not to tell suffering people that if they’re struggling with the rules set for them, well, they should have thought of that before they let their guard down on social distancing.
Which, I hasten to add, doesn’t mean Cuomo’s entirely wrong. But he’s partially wrong. And he’s unbelievably tone deaf on a day when an egregious hardship is being imposed — again — on New Yorkers with little justification. Watch here until 13:15, as he spends a few minutes sneering at midwestern states like South Dakota for thinking back in March that coronavirus was a “New York problem.”