Cuomo: “My option is to displace the mayor of New York City and bring in the National Guard as the governor in a state of emergency and basically take over.”
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CUOMO: “And he can do it with the NYPD. First the NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night. I believe that. Second, you have 38,000 NYPD people. It is the largest police department in the United States of America. Use 38,000 people and protect property. Use the police, protect property and people, look at the videos. It was a disgrace. I believe that. I believe the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I think he underestimates the duration of the problem. And I don’t think they used enough police to address the situation. Because it’s inarguable that it was not addressed last night. Right? Facts. OK. This is a glass of water. This is not a glass of milk. It’s a fact. There are still facts in life, What happened in New York City was inexcusable. Well, the governor should use the National Guard in New York City. I have offered the National Guard. The mayor has said he can handle it with the NYPD. My option is to displace the mayor of New York City and bring in the National Guard as the governor in a state of emergency and basically take over, you would have to take over the mayor’s job. You would have to displace the mayor. Right. A, I don’t think we’re at that point; B, that would be such a chaotic situation in the midst of an already chaotic situation. I don’t think that makes any sense. I understand the president’s political point. I saw the theater yesterday, I understand his political point. He is Mr. ‘Law and Order,” and he would bring in the military to put down these protests.”