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