"We have a constitution, we don't have a king"

‘Mr Trump offered no legal or constitutional basis to back up his claim to exclusive authority to reopen society,’ Cuomo told MSNBC…

In his response to Trump’s claims of absolute power to ease the lockdowns, Cuomo added: ‘Why he [Trump] would even go there, I have no idea.

‘The constitution says we don’t have a king. To say I have total authority over the country because I’m the president, it’s absolute, that is a king. We didn’t have a king, we didn’t have king George Washington, we had President George Washington.’

Cuomo then pointed out that it was in fact state governors who imposed a variety of stay-home orders under their state constitutions in response to the outbreak of Covid-19, not the federal government.

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