As of Tuesday, the coronavirus has infected more than 5 million Americans and killed a staggering 170,000 people. The nation is in dire financial straits and the void in leadership is growing wider and darker.
That was the message delivered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the virtual Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee on Monday as he threw his support to White House hopeful Joe Biden.
Near the end of the 5-minute prerecorded speech from Albany, Cuomo called on the nation to elect a leader who will unify Americans and appeal to their best qualities.
In his speech, Cuomo used analogies similar to the visual comparisons he made throughout his daily coronavirus briefings, which drew global attention through the height of the pandemic in New York in the spring.
As he has done for months, Cuomo put the blame for the lack of leadership squarely on the shoulders of President Donald Trump.
Cuomo accused Trump of weakening America by sowing deep divisions, anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric, and barely contained racism, culminating with the recent international Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minnesota.
Cuomo criticized the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, calling it a failure on all levels. Trump and the federal government, the governor said, watched New York suffer in the early days of the virus, did nothing about it and learned nothing from its mistakes.
What does it say about the next few months when a rudderless United States government has to be shamed into grasping the wheel and steering the ship it has sworn to protect?