defamed the previous government. Andrew Cuomo told congregations on Sunday he was “sick” of racist mass shootings and compared it to “lynchings” as he made the case for strengthening federal gun control laws in his first public appearance in two months.
During an 11-minute speech at True Bethel Baptist Church in Buffalo, the scandal-ridden former CEO compared the massacre to the extrajudicial killings of the Klux Klan.
Less than two miles from the supermarket, he said, “I was sickened by what happened here in Buffalo, where white supremacist teenager Peyton Gendron allegedly killed 10 people and injured three others.” .
“It was so shocking, it was so sad, what happened here in Buffalo was so disgusting,” he said. “My condolences to the families of the dead, injured, and I extend my condolences to every black family in Buffalo as every black family is attacked and every black family is suffering.”
Gendron – an 18-year-old who posted a white supremacist manifesto online – shot eleven black people last week after he performed a reconnaissance at a grocery store before his racially motivated getaway at Topps Friendly Market set on fire
Cuomo said on Sunday morning that the mass shootings in which he was charged were reminiscent of the “old days”.
“People die just because of the color of their skin,” he said. “It couldn’t get more ugly, because we wanted to believe that this type of activity was a stain in America’s past and had no place in the present. But this race-based mass shooting goes back to the old days.
“It’s like lynching,” Cuomo went on. “Instead of a snare, they use an assault rifle.”
“Years ago, they hid under white hoods; Today, they hide in the anonymity of the Internet.”
The May 14 massacre, the former governor said, shows that there is a “cancer” that is “spreading” across the country.
“We must stop this cancer from spreading, and we can,” he said.
Cuomo’s Sunday morning speech was his third public appearance since resigning in August 2021 under threats of impeachment among multiple confirmed sexual assault allegations and other scandals.
The 64-year-old Democrat first emerged after leaving office at a Brooklyn church in March to speak about the political climate, including that “cancel culture” has gone too far, and “political sharks” are reportedly kicking him out of office. Huh. He made his second appearance in the Bronx less than two weeks later, where he indicated he was ready to make a political comeback, declaring that “I am not going anywhere” and that he is “within all options”. was open.”
But although Cuomo has given a pair of speeches and issued several campaign-style TV commercials, he opted not to run in the Democratic gubernatorial primary against Gov. Kathy Hochul. If he wants to run as an independent in November’s general election, he has until May 31 to collect and distribute the necessary petition signatures.
On Sunday, Cuomo gave no indication whether he would launch a possible comeback, as he lamented the “toxic” nature of contemporary politics and called state-level gun control efforts the use of harsh national gun control measures. invoked, which he enacted during his time. ,
“First of all, we need to do something about these rough assault weapons – rifles that are designed for no other purpose than to kill the greatest number of humans as quickly as possible,” he said. .
“No more excuses from our elected officials. I know it is difficult to ban assault weapons. We did it in New York. We passed the law. Toughest gun safety law in the country,” he said. “We’ve got it done, and now it’s time for the federal government to get it done. State laws aren’t enough.”
“We need federal action. Ban these assault weapons and ban them now. ,
Cuomo said he hoped last weekend’s racism-fueled mass shooting could signal “a moment of change” so that the Topps massacre is not only another on the list, but last on the list, and [so] that our brothers and sisters should not die in vain.”
Also on Sunday, Cuomo slammed unknown political leaders for aligning with racist extremists and “fanning the fire of hate” like Alabama’s separatist Bull Connor.
“They are deliberately inciting hate groups by saying that blacks and Latinos and immigrants are here to replace whites,” he said, referring to the “replacement theory” that underscores the shooter’s distorted beliefs. “And an elected official who supports these groups does no better than a modern Bull Connor.”