She should have asked if he’s stopped beating his wife yet.
In one of the oldest rhetorical tricks in democratic politics, the far-left progressive challenging New York’s already ludicrously liberal governor caught anti-American Andrew Cuomo essentially admitting he’s a liar.
And he didn’t look like he even knew what happened.
The exchange occurred Wednesday night in at Long Island’s Hofstra University, where former “Sex and the City” actress-turned-politician Cynthia Nixon badgered Cuomo for an entire evening. Amid the haggling and Empire State-centric disputes, Cuomo blurted out an admission that he doesn’t always tell the truth.
Check it out here. If Nixon’s voice starts to hurt your ears, the crucial exchange comes at the 1:08 mark.
Asked if he could stop lying, New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo tells Cynthia Nixon: "As soon as you do." pic.twitter.com/OtVhwLYdPr
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 30, 2018
“Can you stop interrupting?” Cuomo asked.
“Can you stop lying?” Nixon answered.
“Yeah, as soon as you do,” Cuomo shot back.
He probably thought it was a remarkable witty response. And he might have been right – if they were in a fourth-grade schoolyard.
But as the incumbent governor of the country’s fourth largest state – the home of its financial center – it was a remarkably stupid thing to say. Essentially, he accused his opponent of lying – par for the course in politics – by admitting he was lying himself.
(Since both are Democrats, and liberal Democrats to boot, talking about each other lying is one of the few areas where both are actually being truthful. But sane people have to assume that actually being truthful wasn’t the intent of either.)
Regardless, neither the comment, nor the debate, went over well with viewers or pundits. Cuomo came off worse, according to the New York Post, which declared Nixon the winner.
“Gov. Cuomo did a remarkably poor job of defending himself against the attacks he had to know were coming, and even fumbled his own prepared slams,” the Post editorialized, possibly referring to Cuomo’s “takes one to know one” moment.
Reviews on Twitter were just as bad:
Kinda makes me hope both of them drop out of the race
— jayynecobb (@JayyneCobb) August 30, 2018
More unprofessional, immature rhetoric.
— terrie lake (@LakeTerrie) August 30, 2018
— Rick Wood (@rewoodky) August 30, 2018
It would be easy to say these to deserve each other. It would be easy to say the ultra-liberal state of New York deserves either one to be its chief executive for the next four years.
But the United States doesn’t deserve to have either one in such a prominent spot in the country’s politics.
Unfortunately, the Republican candidate for governor in New York, Marcus Molinaro, isn’t expected to have much of a chance of winning, given the Democrat voter advantage in the Empire State. Fortunately, the country does have a Republican New Yorker in a considerably more prominent spot – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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