During today’s new conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to President Trump holding up a bible by saying “The President held up the Bible the other day in Washington D.C. Here in New York, we actually READ the Bible.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "The President held up the Bible the other day in Washington D.C. Here in New York, we actually READ the Bible." pic.twitter.com/CY5m8jMxKj
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Per TheHill, Cuomo first cited Matthew 5:9 which says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
The governor then moved to Mark 3:25, which says, “If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
Cuomo also pointed to Psalms 34:14, “Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace and work to maintain it,” before finally referencing James 3:18: “The seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
The governor then moved on to other quotes, including one from Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who said Wednesday morning that the Insurrection Act should only be used “in the most urgent and dire of situations.”
“We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act,” Esper said, breaking with Trump, who threatened to use the law to deploy the military to cities if governors do not “dominate” protesters.
The New York governor’s comments come after Trump posed for photos in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church while holding a Bible. Shortly before the president walked to the church, protesters were forcibly cleared from Lafayette Square outside of the White House with the use of chemical irritants.
Several Democrats and some Republicans criticized the removal of the protesters for the photo opportunity including Cuomo, who said the Trump wants to make the demonstrations “a reality TV show of God and country.”