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MSNBC 1 Jun 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Change Comes When The People Demand It

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reacts to the protests over the death of George Floyd gripping the nation and discusses the new curfew placed on New York City. Aired on 6/1/2020.


Earlier today, for his 111th daily COVID-19 briefing, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered an address to New Yorkers, saying, "It's clear that over the past three months, we have done the impossible."


Here is some of what he said:

Governor Cuomo: "Today, we have done a full 180, from worst to first. We are controlling the virus better than any state in the country and any nation on the globe. Even more, by reducing the infection rate, we saved over 100,000 people from being hospitalized and possibly dying, just think about that. It is an unimaginable achievement. I'm so incredibly proud of what we all did together, and as a community. We reopened the economy and we saved lives. Because it was never a choice between one or the other, it was always right to do both."



Cuomo: "I ask myself and today I ask you: Why did it take a crisis to bring us together? Why does government usually appeal to the worst in us rather than the best? Why do our politics today play to our fears and weaknesses rather than appeal to our strengths? Why doesn't government challenge us to reach higher and speak to our better angels? Why can't it motivate us by love rather than hate? Why doesn't government urge us to realize we are members of the same community, the same family? That we all benefit when we work together. Isn't that what we really showed over the past 111 days? That working together works. That the only way forward is if I protect you and you protect me. I wear a mask for you and you wear a mask for me."



Cuomo: "If you care for me and I care for you, we showed that in the end love does win. Love does conquer all. That no matter how dark the day, love brings the light. That is what I will take from the past 111 days. It inspires me and energizes me and excites me. If we could accomplish together what we did here, this impossible task, of beating back this deadly virus then there is nothing we can't do. We will be better and we will be stronger for what we have gone through. It shows us how capable we are when we are at our best. It shows us that we have great potential to do even more and we will."

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>> IT’S AN UNBELIEVABLE VACUUM
BEING CREATED BY THIS PRESIDENT.
ALEXIS, PHIL RUCKER.
>>> WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS THE
GOVERNOR AND MAYOR ANNOUNCING A
CURFEW FOR TONIGHT.
JOINING US NOW IS THE GOVERNOR
OF NEW YORK.
GOVERNOR, I WATCHED THE PICTURES
AS WE TALKED ABOUT OUR STATE --
OUR CITY, TALK ABOUT THIS CURFEW
WAS NECESSARY AND WHAT YOUR
CONCERNS ARE ABOUT WHAT MIGHT BE
AHEAD OF US TONIGHT.
>> THANK YOU, NICOLLE.
LOOK, THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT WHAT
THE PRESIDENT’S TRYING TO DO
HERE IS TURN THE ATTENTION TO
THE LOOTERS RATHER THAN THE
POINT OF THE PROTESTERS WHICH IS
GENUINE OUTRAGE, YOU LOOK AT
WHAT HAPPENED WITH MR. FLOYD,
YOU HAVE TO BE OUTRAGED.
IT’S NOT JUST MR. FLOYD IN AN
ISOLATED SITUATION, IT’S BEEN
YEARS AND YEARS OF THE SAME
SITUATION, YOU CAN GO BACK TO
RODNEY KING, ERIC GARNER, IT’S A
LONG LIST, AND THEY WANT TO MAKE
THIS ABOUT LOOTING AND CRIMINALS
RATHER THAN THE KILLING.
AND THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE TRYING
TO DO.
IN NEW YORK, WE DID HAVE LARGE
PROTESTS AND WE DO HAVE PEOPLE
WHO ARE I THINK EXPLOITING THE
PROTESTS.
AND THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT THERE
ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT AND
DID LOOTING, CRIMINAL ACTIVITY,
YOU HAVE SOME DISRUPTING
ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE SEIZING
UPON THE MOMENT AND WE WANT TO
MAKE SURE THAT ORDER IS
MAINTAINED AND WE’RE PUTTING IN
PLACE A CURFEW.
MAYOR AND I TALKED ABOUT IT, A
CURFEW FOR TONIGHT AT 11:00 AND
HAVING MORE POLICE ON THE
STREETS, DOUBLE WHAT WE HAD NEW
YORK CITY HAD LAST NIGHT TO TRY
AND MAKE SURE THAT ORDER IS
MAINTAINED.
>> GOVERNOR, YOUR EVERY MOVE HAS
BEEN WATCHED THE WORLD OVER AS
YOU HAVE NAVIGATED OUR COUNTRY’S
CORONAVIRUS EPICENTER AND I
DON’T THINK IT’S AN
OVERSTATEMENT TO WORRY THAT ALL
OF THE PEOPLE THAT YOU FOUGHT
HARD TO PROTECT FROM THE FIRST
WAVE, ARE THE ONES WHO ARE
SUSCEPTIBLE FROM A POTENTIAL
SECOND WAVE, FIRST RESPONDERS,
POLICE, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR,
HOW DO YOU PROTECT THEM NOT JUST
FROM THE POTENTIAL OF VIOLENCE
FROM THEIR GRIEF AND THEIR RAGE
OVER THE STATE OF RELATIONS
BETWEEN BLACK COMMUNITIES, BLACK
AMERICANS, BLACK NEW YORKERS AND
POLICE, AND PROTECT THEM FROM
THIS DEADLY VIRUS?
>> NICOLLE, AS USUAL, YOU ASK
THE RIGHT QUESTION, I WISH I HAD
THE ANSWER.
WE HAVE MADE SUCH PROGRESS IN
NEW YORK, YOU KNOW WE HAD THE
WORST CASE IN THE COUNTRY, WORST
CASE AROUND THE GLOBE AT ONE
TIME.
HIGHEST NUMBERS OF DEATH, 800
PER DAY DOWN TO THE LOWEST
NUMBER TODAY IN JUST 50 DAYS AND
THERE WAS ONLY 50 DAYS.
I’M AFRAID THAT THESE PROTESTS
ACTUALLY CAN INCREASE THE SPREAD
OF THE VIRUS.
THE ONLY GOOD NEWS IS, WE’RE
ALREADY AT THE LOWEST INFECTION
RATE THAT WE HAVE HAD -- WE DID
50,000 TESTS YESTERDAY IN THE
STATE.
WE ONLY HAD 1,000 POSITIVES.
SO HOPEFULLY, THE INFECTION RATE
IS DOWN SO LOW SO PEOPLE WEREN’T
SPREADING IT BUT WE’RE STARTING
TO REOPEN NEW YORK CITY A WEEK
FROM TODAY.
IF THE INFECTION DID SPREAD YOU
WON’T SEE IT FOR ABOUT TWO
WEEKS.
SO I JUST HOPE IT DOESN’T
COMPOUND THE SITUATION BECAUSE
SO MANY NEW YORKERS WORKED SO
HARD TO GET HERE.
SO MANY GAVE THEIR LIVES TO GET
HERE.
I HOPE WE DIDN’T ENDANGER IT
WITH THESE PROTESTS.
>> GOVERNOR, I SPOKE TO OUR
MUTUAL FRIEND CHRIS CHRISTIE
OVER THE WEEKEND.
HE SAID THE ECONOMIC DESPAIR
THAT PEOPLE ARE FEELING IN A LOT
OF THESE CITIES IS CONTRIBUTING
TO THE HOPELESSNESS AND THE RAGE
AND THE EXASPERATION AND THE
DESPAIR WITH THE STATE ALL OF
IT, WITH THE INABILITY TO
PROTECT OUR CITIZENS FROM A
DEADLY VIRUS, OUR INABILITY TO
PROTECT PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC
SECURITY, THEIR LIFE SAVINGS IN
THE CASE OF SMALL BUSINESS
OWNERS AND OUR INABILITY TO
PROTECT BLACK AMERICANS IN
PARTICULAR FROM POLICE.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO
PEOPLE WHO ARE FEELING HOPELESS?
>> LOOK, IT’S RIGHT.
IT’S RIGHT.
AND I SAID ON DAY ONE, I STAND
WITH THE PROTESTERS, I BELIEVE
THIS IS A MOMENT IN HISTORY,
NICOLLE, WHERE WE CAN ACTUALLY
GALVANIZE AND MAKE CHANGE.
AND THERE ARE -- THERE ARE
FORCES COMING TOGETHER HERE,
LET’S BE HONEST, IT’S NOT A
COINCIDENCE THAT’S IN THE MIDDLE
OF A COVID CRISIS.
THE POOR PAID THE HIGHEST PRICE
FOR THIS COVID SITUATION.
THEY WERE ESSENTIAL WORKERS,
THEIR COMMUNITIES HAD A HIGHER
INFECTION RATE.
THEY’RE LIVING IN PUBLIC
HOUSING, YOU CAN’T SOCIALLY
DISTANCE ON AN ELEVATOR IN
PUBLIC HOUSING.
THEY SPENT ALL, THEY WERE LIVING
PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK AND NOW
THEY’RE DESTITUTE, THEY PAID THE
HIGHEST PRICE, THEY ALWAYS PAY
THE HIGHEST PRICE AND IT’S JUST
EXPLODED THE LATENT INJUSTICE
AND RACISM IN THIS.
MY FATHER DID THE TALE OF TWO
CITIES SPEECH.
1984, THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL
CONVENTION, IT WAS TRUE THEN AND
IT’S TRUE NOW AND LET’S MAKE
THIS MOMENT OF PROGRESSIVE
REFORM AND FOCUS ON A REAL
AGENDA GOING FORWARD.
>> PEOPLE DON’T -- THE DIVISIONS
ARE THERE, THE DIVISIONS ARE
BEING EXPLOITED BY THIS
PRESIDENT, BY THE WHITE HOUSE,
THE DIVISIONS A LOT OF PEOPLE
FEEL ARE EXPLOITED IN SOME
CORNERS OF THE MEDIA, BUT MOST
PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO FEEL
DIVIDED, WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO,
WHAT ARE YOU URGING CITIZENS OF
NEW YORK TO DO TODAY, TONIGHT?
>> WELL, TONIGHT, I’M SAYING, BE
SMART.
YOU KNOW, WE TALK ABOUT NEW YORK
TOUGH, PART OF NEW YORK TOUGH IS
BEING SMART.
YOU WANT TO PROTEST, DON’T BE
USED IN THE PROTEST, DON’T BE
EXPLOITED.
DON’T MAKE IT A MASK FOR
CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OR FOR
EXTREMIST ORGANIZATIONS.
IF YOU’RE GOING OUT, WEAR A
MASK, SOCIALLY DISTANCE.
LONG TERM, USE THIS MOMENT --
YOU LOOK IN HISTORY, NICOLLE,
WHEN DID CHANGE COME?
CHANGE CAME WHEN THE PEOPLE
INSISTED ON CHANGE.
WHEN DID I PASS GUN CONTROL?
RIGHT AFTER SANDY HOOK.
WHEN DID I PASS MARRIAGE
EQUALITY?
CHANGE COMES WHEN THE PEOPLE
DEMAND IT.
THEY’RE DEMANDING IT.
FINALLY.
LET’S HAVE A FULL AGENDA.
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT,
INVESTIGATION OF POLICE ABUSE.
NO CHOKEHOLD.
NATIONAL STANDARD FOR UNDUE
FORCE.
LET’S TALK ABOUT FUNDING OF
EDUCATION AND EQUAL FUNDING IN
EDUCATION.
LET’S TALK ABOUT AFFORDABLE
HOUSING, LET’S TALK ABOUT A
CHILD POVERTY AGENDA.
LET’S USE THE MOMENT
CONSTRUCTIVELY.
>> YOU MENTIONED YOUR FATHER’S
SPEECH, TODAY WE HAVE A TALE OF
TWO AUTOPSIES.
.
THE FAMILY OF YORJ FLOYD
RELEASED THE RESULTS OF PRIVATE AUTOPSY THAT SHOWED GEORGE FLOYD
AUTOPSY THAT SHOWED GEORGE FLOYD
BASED ON THEIR AUTOPSY DIED FROM
ASP
ASPHYXIATION.
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE CHARGES
AGAINST MR. CHAUVIN ARE
APPROPRIATE, SHOULD THEY BE
STRONGER AND DO YOU BELIEVE THE
OFFICERS SHOULD BE CHARGED?
>> LOOK, I’M A FORMER
PROSECUTOR.
I DON’T LIKE TO SECOND-GUESS
PROSECUTORS BECAUSE THEY HAVE
FACTS THAT OTHERS DON’T HAVE.
BUT IF THEY HAVE OTHER FACTS
THEY SHOULD TELL US WHAT THE
OTHER FACTS ARE.
BECAUSE WE HAVE A VIDEO.
AND EVERYONE SAW THE VIDEO.
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF VIDEOS.
AND YES, I THINK THE OTHER
OFFICERS SHOULD BE CHARGED AND

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