By Matt Palumbo via Bongino.com
As of Sunday, U.S. coronavirus cases topped 32,000, and were concentrated disproportionately in one state in particular.
New York currently is home to nearly half of the coronavirus cases in the entire country – and five percent of the entire planet’s.
While New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken a more active approach in his efforts to combat the spread of the virus, the Mayor of the city that houses the majority of the state’s population delayed action for as long as he could.
While NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio is now attempting to blame Trump’s alleged inaction for the spread of the virus, I imagine he’s only really doing so in an attempt to deflect blame off himself. Only after he was shamed and threatened with mass defections did he bother to act
de Blasio reportedly refused to take strict measures to combat the coronavirus until aides threatened to quit which came after he attacked President Donald Trump over the issue.
“There had been arguments and shouting matches between the mayor and some of his advisers; some top health officials had even threatened to resign if he refused to accept the need to close schools and businesses, according to several people familiar with the internal discussions,” The New York Times reported. “Teachers were threatening not to show up to school on Monday. A growing number of public health experts and politicians were calling for much of the city to be shut down to curb the spread of the virus.”
Bars and restaurants remained open over the weekend and were packed, something that caused a significant amount of criticism online from those who were closely tracking the spread of the coronavirus.
“The Mayor’s actions today are inexcusable and reckless,” said his former adviser Rebecca Katz. “It’s pathetic. Self-involved. Inexcusable,” former adviser Jonathan Rosen added.
de Blasio was eventually shamed into shutting down his city’s schools (among other measures) – but not before one final visit to the gym. Less than two weeks ago de Blasio defended not shutting down the city, which he saw as a move that would be caving to “undue fear.” For a virus that spreads at an exponential rate, every day counts, and that has visibly been the case in NYC.
As de Blasio announced just days ago, “New York City is now the epicenter of the coronavirus cases.”