It seems that even the Governor of the great state of New York is incapable of discerning 'real' from 'fake' news when it doesn't fit his narrative. Proclaiming that "if there is a move to deport immigrants then I say start with me," Andrew Cuomo appears to have missed Trump's proposal focused on ridding America of 'criminal illegal immigrants' and plans "to provide immigrants who can't afford their own defense the legal assistance they need.. because in New York, we believe in justice for all."
Before his address today, Cuomo tweeted...
We don't care the color of your skin or how much money you have in your pocket - if you accept the American ideal, we will work with you.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 20, 2016
Apparently under the belief that committing crimes is part of the American ideal? Because no immigrants are being expelled unless they are criminal AND illegal (which seems fair to many). As Trump explained...
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” the president-elect said in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" to air Sunday evening. “But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”
After the border is "secure," Trump said, his administration will begin to make a "determination" about what to do with the remaining undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
“After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about who are terrific people, they’re terrific people but we are gonna make a determination at that,” he said. “But before we make that determination...it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”
But don't let facts get in the way of a good divisive narrative...
The focus of Cuomo's speech was what he described as an "explosion" in hate crimes since Election Day that has prompted the creation of a special police unit to fight the uptick in New York.
New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill told a New York radio station on Sunday he was disturbed by the trends.
"We've had an uptick in hate crimes, actually a little bit more than an uptick. We're up 31% from last year. We had at this time last year 250, this year we have 328, specifically against the Muslim population in New York City -- we went up from 12 to 25, and anti-Semitic is up, too, by 9% from 102 to 111," O'Neill said.
"I have no scientific evidence as to why, but you've been paying attention to what's been going on in the country over the last year or so and the rhetoric has increased, and I think that might have something to do with it," O'Neill added.
Apparently under the impression that this is wholly due to Donald Trump and his deplorables, Cuomo has decided to ignore President-elect Trump's actual 'real news' policy proposals and attack the Clinton/Obama/Romney/Soros defined divisiveness that 'real news' sites proclaim. As CNN reports,
"The ugly political discourse of the election did not end on Election Day. In many ways it has gotten worse, [turning] into a social crisis that now challenges our identity as a state and as a nation and our people," he said.
President-elect Donald Trump wasn't specifically mentioned in his church address, but Cuomo has in the past criticized Trump and vowed in a New York Daily News op-ed that he would "reject the hateful attitudes that pervaded throughout the 2016 campaign."
Calling this kind of prejudice a "social poison [in] the fabric of our nation," the governor cited a number of recent incidents, including a scourge of swastika graffiti and the case of black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania being sent pictures of lynchings and racial slurs.
Cuomo also vowed to set up a legal defense fund for immigrants who fear prosecution under a Trump administration. He said the fund would be the first of its kind.
The plan, he said, would be to set up a public-private partnership "to provide immigrants who can't afford their own defense the legal assistance they need ... because in New York, we believe in justice for all," Cuomo said.
He added, "If there is a move to deport immigrants then I say start with me. I am a son of immigrants. Son of Mario Cuomo, who is the son of Andrea Cuomo, a poor Italian immigrant who came to this country without a job, without money, or resources and he was here only for the promise of America."
But do not worry dear snowflakes, Governor Cuomo has something for you too... Cuomo's plans also include the expansion of New York's Human Rights Law to protect students who are bullied or discriminated against.
So to summarize - hate crimes are up year-to-date (not since the election, since that would be statistically insignificant) and that bump must be due to Trump's encouragement of it (as opposed to the Clinton campaign's constant efforts to divide the nation by pointing out Trump's faults for each cohort of the country). And for anyone who is actually prosecuted, worried about being prosecuted, or just generally feeling bad about shit, New York state taxpayers will provide a defense protection (even for the criminal illegal immigrants).
Presumably that will come from the "fairer share" that the wealthy will pay? Or will the Millennials outside Trump Tower all offer up some of their Starbucks wages to keep America safe again?