Disgraced Ex-Reg. Andrew Cuomo told congregations on Sunday he was “disgusted” by the racist mass shootings and likened them to “lynchings” as he advocated for strengthening federal gun control laws in his first public appearance in two months.
During an 11-minute speech at Buffalo’s True Bethel Baptist Church, the scandal-ridden former CEO compared the massacre to the Klu Klux Klan’s extrajudicial killings.
“I was disgusted by what happened here in Buffalo,” said less than two miles from the supermarket where self-confessed white supremacist teenager Payton Gendron allegedly killed 10 and injured three others.
“It was so shocking, it was so sad, it was so disgusting what happened here in Buffalo,” he added. “My condolences go out to the families of those who died, the wounded, and my condolences to every black family in Buffalo because every black family has been attacked and every black family is a victim.”
Gendron – an 18-year-old who posted a white supremacist manifesto online – shot dead 11 black people last week as he opened fire at Tops Friendly Market after conducting reconnaissance at the grocery store before his racially motivated bloody rampage.
Cuomo said Sunday morning the mass shooting he allegedly committed was a call back to “the old days.”
“People only die because of the color of their skin,” he said. “It couldn’t be uglier because we wanted to believe that this type of activity was a stain on America’s past and had no place in the present. But this race-based mass shooting dates back to the old days.
“It’s like the lynchings,” Cuomo continued. “Instead of a sling, they use an assault rifle.”
“Years ago they hid under a white hood; today they hide in the anonymity of the internet.”
The May 14 massacre, the former governor said, shows there is a “cancer” that is “spreading” across the country.
“We need to stop the spread of this cancer, and we can,” he said.
Cuomo’s address on Sunday morning was his third public appearance since resigning under threat of impeachment in August 2021 amid multiple substantiated allegations of sexual harassment and other scandals.
The 64-year-old Democrat emerged from a Brooklyn church in March for the first time since resigning to grapple with the political climate, in which “break culture” has gone too far and “political sharks” are said to be pulling him out of office have driven. Less than two weeks later, he made his second appearance in the Bronx, where he stated that he was open to a political comeback, declaring “I’m not going anywhere” and that he was “open to all options.”
But although Cuomo has made speeches and posted several campaign-style television ads, he chose 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 hand in the required signatures on the petition.
On Sunday, Cuomo made no mention of possible next steps as he bemoaned the “toxic” nature of contemporary politics and called for tougher national gun control measures while touting state gun control efforts from his tenure.
“First we have to do something about these damn assault weapons – guns designed for no other purpose than to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” he said.
“No more excuses from our elected officials. I know it’s hard to ban assault weapons. We did it in New York. We passed the law. The toughest gun safety law in the nation,” he added. “We did it, and now it’s up to the federal government to do it. State laws are not enough.”
“We need federal action, ban these assault weapons and ban them now.”
Cuomo said he hopes last weekend’s racist mass shooting “can bring about a moment of change so that the Tops massacre is not just another on the list, it’s last on the list, and [so] that our brothers and sisters did not die in vain.”
Also on Sunday, Cuomo criticized unnamed political leaders for allying with racist extremists and “fanning the flames of hate,” like Alabama segregationist Bull Connor.
“They are intentionally fueling hate groups by saying that blacks, latinos and immigrants are here to replace whites,” he continued, referring to the “replacement theory” that underpinned the shooter’s twisted beliefs. “And an elected official who supports these groups is no better than a modern-day Bull Connor.”
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