NY Gov. Cuomo Hit With Pushback After Changing His Tune On Lockdowns

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was slammed with criticism on Monday after the state’s top Democratic official called for reopening the economy before a vaccine can “reach critical mass,” a move that some have called a stunning about-face.

Cuomo declared in a tweet earlier in the week that it would be unreasonable to wait for enough people to have received the coronavirus vaccine before opening up the state’s economy after months of sporadic, region-based lockdowns and closures.

“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass,” Cuomo tweeted. “The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”

Unsurprisingly, the governor was subjected to a cascade of backlash, with some Twitter users asking what had changed his mind and others claiming the revelation only came after the election had passed.

“Unbelievable. That’s a hell of a pivot,” said one Twitter user. “What changed?”

“Oh no,” said another. “You do not get to cast yourself as the champion of business 10 months after you ruined everyone.”

“Weird it’s almost like the President was saying this the entire time,” suggested still another Twitter user, asking the governor, “Did you finally switch to a medication that makes you less insane?”

Plenty of folks went so far as to accuse the governor of only holding off on reopening the state until after the elections in November were through.

“Wow, it’s almost like we were held hostage for close to a year to secure an election,” wrote one individual.

“The timing of this proclamation is interesting and somewhat amusing. Why the change of heart? What has changed?” read one response, to which another Twitter user added, “(Well) given the inauguration is in a week and the fact that the Democrats now own the economy, what do you think?”

Cuomo’s controversial tweet came ahead of the governor’s annual State of the State Address. This year’s address was focused largely on the Cuomo administration’s plan to continue battling COVID-19 while working to revive the state’s crippled economy.

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