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Cuomo Forced to Change Plans Following Outcry When He Admitted His Elderly Mother and Two Daughters Would Be Traveling to His Home on Thanksgiving

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will no longer see his elderly mother and two daughters for Thanksgiving after facing backlash for contradicting his own advice to “stay away” from loved ones.

The New York Democrat said during a radio interview Monday that his 89-year old mother and two daughters, none of whom live with him, will attend Thanksgiving at his home, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

“The current plan is my mom is going to come up and two of my girls, (that’s) the current plan,” Cuomo said on WAMC-FM, the publication reported. “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.”

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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.”

“Don’t tell his mom — she doesn’t know yet,” Azzopardi added.

Though these Thanksgiving plans most likely comply with Cuomo’s order that no more than 10 people gather for Thanksgiving, the plans contradict the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance that the “safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with,” the publication reported.

 

The plans also contradict Cuomo’s own advice to New Yorkers. The governor has frequently urged New Yorkers to abdicate their normal holiday traditions and stay away from their loved ones for Thanksgiving.

“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,” the governor said Thursday.”Your safe zone, it’s not a safe zone. Your safe zone is dangerous this year.”

“Please- love is sometimes doing what’s hard,” he continued. “This year, if you love someone, it is smarter and better to stay away. As hard as that is to say, and hear, because if I had to predict, you’re going to see a significant spike post-Thanksgiving.”

Cuomo faced criticism for his initial Thanksgiving plans.

“Un-freaking-believable,” tweeted Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham. “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!”

 

“You’ve GOT to be kidding me,” tweeted The View’s Megan McCain.

 

“I won’t be seeing my 79-year old mother on Thanksgiving, but you do you Governor,” tweeted Boston Globe columnist Michael Cohen.

 

By Mary Margaret Olahan

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  1. Cuomo is one of those “do as I say, not as I do” politicians. Evidently, he doesn’t think before he speaks, after he told his constituents that they had to limit their family gatherings to 10 people. So, I sat down and figured out my guest list: Let’s see, my generation of siblings (the oldest still living) is 11 people with spouses, generation 2 (our children and their spouses) has 27 people, and their children number 18, (Generation 3) with another 3 in Generation 4 makes 50 living souls who could conceivably be at Thanksgiving dinner. This does not include our 3 first cousins and their spouses and children. I’ll bet anything that if this was the case with Cuomo, he wouldn’t have made the edict of 10 people at dinner. He already goofed and said he was going to fly in his daughters and aged grandmother in…then retracted that statement when he got called out on it. What a Doofus! I wouldn’t trust him to pet my dogs. We’re so glad we don’t live in New York. Since even the largest segment of our family is living in the Midwest numbers more than 10, despite the fact that they live pretty close together, that would preclude even that group to get together under his order. The four of us living in the same household had made plane reservations well before the Covid-19 scare, hoping this would blow over. If it doesn’t we’ll have to cancel our reservations with the airlines and the hotel rooms, making things rougher for those businesses, and try again when the scare is over. Despite the fact that the masks cannot possibly filter out the extremely small virus that makes up Covid-19, we are still wearing them because it is the law, but we don’t have to like it. At least we’ll make the others who wear their masks more comfortable.

    I just had a thought…since the “droplets” are so infinitely small, why can’t they be destroyed by spraying each night to kill them outright. Just sayin…..

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