ALBANY, NY – Earlier in August, New York Governor Kathy Hochul delivered a divisive message before a crowd of supporters ahead of the November elections – telling Trump supporters to “get out of town” and leave the state of New York.
It seems as though Democrat Governor Hochul is really trying to one-up her predecessor in terms of rhetoric likely to cost her votes. Back in September of 2020, prior to the sexual harassment scandal that saw him leave office, then-Governor Andrew Cuomo infamously referred to Trump as being “persona non grata” and claimed he’d need “an army” to safely walk the streets of New York City.
While then-Governor Cuomo’s rhetoric was controversial, the comments themselves were directly aimed at the president and not directing ire toward his supporters.
However, Governor Hochul’s comments made on August 22nd seemed to be directed toward MAGA Republicans, where she said these sort of folks need to “jump on a bus” and leave the state because they “do not represent our values.”
“We’re fighting to bring government back to the people and out of the hands of dictators. And we are here to say that the era of Trump, and Zeldin and Molinaro, just jump on a bus and head down to Florida, where you belong, okay? Get out of town. Get out of town because you do not represent our values. You are not New Yorkers – you’re not New Yorkers.”
Needless to say, the aforementioned comments will likely not win over the hearts of Republican voters in New York once the gubernatorial election swings around this November.
But Governor Hochul is claiming that despite her comments sounding an awful lot like telling MAGA Republicans to “get out of town,” what she really intended to convey was her wanting literally Trump, Zeldin, and Molinaro to leave New York.
“I referred to three individuals, Donald Trump, Executive Molinaro, and Lee Zeldin. I spoke about three people whose views we believe are extreme. I was very specific to who I was speaking about, and any efforts for people to expand that to more is being fundamentally dishonest.”
For the sake of context, Lee Zeldin is Governor Hochul’s Republican opponent in the upcoming gubernatorial race, whereas Marc Molinaro was running for the void in the House left by Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado (which Molinaro wound up losing the race on August 23rd).
The official New York Republican Party issued a statement in response to Governor Hochul’s flippant remarks, saying, “This year, we must send Kathy Hochul and the Democrats a giant message that we aren’t going anywhere. Not only are we NOT leaving, we’re going to take our state back from the corrupt, disastrous Democrats who are destroying New York.”