Governor Cuomo has cancelled plans to spend Thanksgiving with his Mom and daughters after an intense backlash and accusations of hypocrisy.
“The current plan is my mom is going to come up and two of my girls, (that’s) the current plan,” Cuomo had told WAMC-FM “But the plans change, but that’s my plan. But I’m going to work — I have a lot of work to do between now and Thanksgiving.”
Cuomo was blasted for hypocrisy as last Thursday, he also urged people to limit their Thanksgiving gatherings and said “this year, if you love someone, it is smarter and better to stay away.”
In audio he shared on Twitter, Cuomo says “It’s your family. It’s your home. It’s your table. These are all environments where you feel safe, and that is the beauty of Thanksgiving.”
He added “I’m at home with my family. I’m in my safe zone. Your safe zone is not your safe zone. Your safe zone is dangerous this year. Please. Love is sometimes doing what’s hard. This year, if you love someone, it is smarter and better to stay away.”
Love is sometimes doing what’s hard.
The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with your immediate household only. pic.twitter.com/nBEviXnZ8P
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 19, 2020
Following backlash over Cuomo’s statements, Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi told the Daily Caller News Foundation that “given the current circumstances with COVID, he will have to work through Thanksgiving and will not be seeing them.”
Many had blasted Cuomo for hypocrisy.
.@NYGovCuomo is having his 89-year old mother and two daughters to Albany for Thanksgiving.
“The story is, my mom is going to come up and two of my girls. But the plans change."
He has spent the better half of two weeks telling New Yorkers to stay home for the holiday.
— Bernadette Hogan (@bern_hogan) November 23, 2020
Un-freaking-believable. Now more than ever, people are looking to elected leaders for signals on how to mitigate risk. Is it any wonder so many aren't following health guidelines? And this is the allegedly pro-science party! https://t.co/ddEVgMM5BI
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) November 23, 2020
I won’t be seeing my 79-year old mother on Thanksgiving, but you do you Governor https://t.co/mvWO0pDnkj
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) November 23, 2020