People across the country are protesting the shutdown of the economy. They want to go back to work.
In some cases, they are running out of money and are worried about feeding their families.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was asked about this by a reporter this week and gave a horrible answer.
FOX News reports:
New York Gov. Cuomo to protesters wanting economy reopened: ‘Get a job as an essential worker’
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that protesters calling for the state to reopen the economy so they can go back to work could “get a job as an essential worker.”
Cuomo made the comment at the end of a long exchange with WRGB reporter Anne McCloy, who told the governor that she spoke with demonstrators outside New York’s state Capitol in Albany before heading inside for the daily press conference. The protesters told her they can’t wait for widespread coronavirus testing – which Cuomo has been pushing — and want to return to work so they can have an income and feed their families, McCloy said.
“By the way — if you want to go to work, go take the job as an essential worker. Do it tomorrow,” Cuomo said…
Cuomo said earlier that “we get the economic anxiety, the question is how do you respond to it and do you respond to it in a way that jeopardizes public health and possibly causes more people to die?”
Watch the video below:
A reporter asked Gov. Cuomo what he’d say to New Yorkers who want to go back to work because they’re running out of money, to which he replied, “economic hardship doesn’t equal death”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 22, 2020
That’s not an acceptable answer.
A) "You want to go to work? Go take a job as an essential worker" sure sounds like he's telling out-of-work people it's their own fault they're out of work
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) April 22, 2020
While I am one of those people who will do a variety of jobs to make ends meet, this is not the statement of a person who has ever had to live paycheck to paycheck.
Utterly tone deaf. https://t.co/V2QJBKqnSV
— kaitlin (@thefactualprep) April 22, 2020
I would submit that Cuomo is a non-essential worker.
— Samuel Culper 722 (@politiwars) April 22, 2020
Things can’t go on like this for much longer.