New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a stirring speech to Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem addressing the Trump administration and report of recent violence.
“I come here today with a heavy heart,” Cuomo said. “The ugly political discourse of the election did not end on Election Day. In many ways it’s gotten worse, it’s deepened into a social crisis that challenges our very identity as a state, and as a nation, and as a people.”
He said that he is “soul sick for the America that I know and that I love.”
He pleaded with Americans to be inclusive and tolerant of different views.
“The demonization of differences erodes our democracy at its core, and attacks the foundation of this nation.”
“targeting blacks and people of color, as well as Muslims, immigrants, women, and members of the LGBTQ community.”
He also gave some dire warnings for the future of our nation.
“The fact is this, if you sow fear you reap hysteria, if you sow divisiveness you reap anarchy, and we are seeing that today.”
“The divisiveness must stop and New Yorkers will not be bystanders to injustice,” Cuomo said. “That is not the New York way. We will fight sexism and racism and bigotry wherever we see it.”
He went on to draw parallels between recent muslims refugees, and the immigrants that are the foundation of the American populace.
“If there is a move to deport immigrants, then I say start with me. I am a son of immigrants,” Cuomo said. “If we deport immigrants then I ask, ‘Who is safe and who will be left?’ Because we are all immigrants. If we deport immigrants then the only ones left will be the Iroquois, the Sioux and the Cherokee and the Apache.”
“The nation’s motto is ‘E Pluribus Unum,’ ‘Out of many, one,’ that is the American rule, period. And therefore, if you love this country and if you are an American, then you must act like one, and these acts of division are the exact opposite of what America stands for,” he said.