‘Joe Biden seems to be facing new competition for the public’s attention in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo amid the coronavirus outbreak.
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo coronavirus press conferences and how the virus is impacting New York States health care system have made Joe Biden’s COVID-19 look imbecilic.
And some Democratic voters are taking notice: The hashtag #Andrew Cuomo, #NY, #NYC, #New York, — referring to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — was trending on social media Saturday as the party’s voters continued to mull who should take on President Trump in November.
Just a day earlier, the hashtag #WhereIsJoe was trending as some wondered why Biden’s national profile seemed to shrink amid the crisis — a situation Biden said he planned to address next week.
Cuomo has been appearing on television daily since the coronavirus crisis began – largely because his state leads the nation, with more than 12,000 confirmed cases of the virus, also known as COVID-19.
Many viewers have been responding to Cuomo’s comments about teens and young adults, many of whom Cuomo says have been “unintelligent and reckless” in refusing to heed authorities’ advice about “social distancing” to avoid spreading the virus.
“These pictures of people on beaches, these videos of young people saying, ‘This is my spring break, I’m out to party,'” Cuomo told reporters Thursday at a news briefing in Albany, the state’s capital city. “This is so unintelligent and reckless. I can’t even begin to express it.”
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo was back at it Saturday.
“There’s a significant amount of non-compliance, especially in New York City, especially in parks,” the governor said, again referring to congregating young people, according to the New York Post. “I’m gonna go down there today, I want to see what the situation is myself.”
“President Cuomo is really raising the bar for leadership [right now], and I’m here for it. #PresidentCuomo#CoronavirusPandemic,” one Twitter user wrote.
— Jason Storm (@j_m_storm) March 21, 2020
“Proud to have Gov Cuomo not only leading NY but also the country. #PresidentCuomo.” another wrote. “We’re already tested more people than any city . . .”
Proud to have Gov Cuomo not only leading NY but also the country. #PresidentCuomo
? for the ? in mass testing in NYC. We’re already tested more people than any city or country in the world.
— Rusty Ralston (@RastaRusty) March 21, 2020
The governor’s frequent appearances on television – national as well as local — seemed to be overshadowing Biden and Sanders, the two Democrats whose presidential campaigns have largely stalled since the coronavirus crisis began.
Cuomo’s sudden emergence in the spotlight may have the two White House hopefuls worried.
— Variant (@Variant89) March 22, 2020