Cuomo is unfortunately part of a tend, a sort of new liberal numerology taking conservative and pro-Trump statements and assigning meaning to the appearance of certain numbers. It comes with all the lack of scientific rigor that actual numerology does. When someone writes or speaks about public policy for a living, it’s a matter of statistical certainty that eventually they’ll use a number as common as 17 and you can attack them for pandering to crazies.

To date, liberal numerology has mostly focused on 14 and 88. Both are unquestionably used by Nazis as signifiers, references to “The Fourteen Words” (“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”) and “Heil Hitler” (H is the eighth letter of the alphabet). But they’re also, you know, numbers, used by ordinary people every day in ordinary contexts. But Liberal Numerology allows us to go beyond the obvious and easy explanation and see the mystic, ethereal meaning: that person I don’t like is a Nazi.