“Give me your tired, your poor” — just not your conservatives!
If New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had his way, that’s what the Statue of Liberty would say to any pro-life, pro-family Republicans hoping to make their homes in his state.
In a radio interview that made even die-hard liberals cringe, the Governor might as well have hung a 54,000 square-mile “Keep Out!” sign across the state border to anyone with mainstream views on marriage, life, and the Second Amendment.
“You have a schism within the Republican Party,” Cuomo told WCNY Radio. “They’re searching to define their soul, that’s what’s going on. Is the Republican Party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? …Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are, and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state ofNew York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
The backlash was almost instantaneous.
Conservatives like Eric Metaxas blasted Cuomo on Twitter, fuming that “Such contempt from a ‘public servant’ is UTTERLY inexcusable. Gov. Cuomo should apologize & resign.”
Social media lit up with criticism for the Governor’s suggestion that New York, one of the most eclectic places on the planet, engage in viewpoint cleansing.
Under those standards, writes Kathryn Jean Lopez, even Cuomo’s father wouldn’t be welcome.
So who’s really extreme?
The Americans who believe that killing children in the womb is wrong?
The people trying to operate businesses according to their faith?
Or the men and women who want to defend their families?
No, the extreme ones are the liberals like Governor Cuomo, who are so threatened by the diversity they say they support that they can’t even coexist with people who disagree!
Are things so desperate in the Democratic Party that the only way to beat conservatives is to banish them?
Everyone from the state Republican Party to Donald Trump piled on, shocked that anyone in Cuomo’s position could be so incapable of political civility.
New York already chases people away “extraordinarily high taxes,” said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, “so does Cuomo really want to bully millions more away?”
It’s “not the smartest thing he ever said,” Brit Hume tweeted.
But in some ways, Governor Cuomo may have done the country a favor. For once, he dropped the charade and finally admitted what’s on every liberals’ mind.
In a wing of ideological fanatics, the most important t-word isn’t tolerance; it’s totalitarianism.