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De Blasio Says He Believes Ron Kim ‘100 Percent,’ Accuses Cuomo of Bullying

Gov. Cuomo, Assemblymember Kim and Mayor deBlasio

Feb. 18, 2021 By Christian Murray

The feud between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to have been ratcheted up a notch—with the mayor accusing Cuomo of bullying Queens Assemblyman Ron Kim.

The mayor said that he “100 percent” believes Kim’s account of the dispute the Assemblyman has had with Cuomo.

Kim said Cuomo threatened to “destroy him” during a harsh phone call on Thursday, following Kim accusing the governor of seeking to cover up the death toll at nursing homes.

Cuomo allegedly demanded that Kim change his statement related to the nursing home scandal.

De Blasio on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning said that “a lot of people in New York State have received those phone calls,” adding that “that’s classic Andrew Cuomo.”

“The bullying is nothing new. I believe Ron Kim and it’s very, very sad,” de Blasio said during the MSNBC interview.

Cuomo, however, has accused Kim of “lying,” and denies that the threats were made.

At a press briefing later this morning de Blasio also lashed out Cuomo.

“Someone being bullied is not acceptable, and Ron Kim was trying to raise real concerns and honest concerns on behalf of families in the city, in this state, who have lost loves,” he said. “That deserves respect and he wasn’t given it.”

Cuomo’s latest dispute with Kim began after the New York Post reported that a top aide to Cuomo admitted that his administration had withheld nursing home death data out of fear that it would be used against them by federal prosecutors.

Kim was quoted in the NYPost story saying that it appeared as if the governor was “trying to dodge having any incriminating evidence.”

On Tuesday, Kim doubled down and accused the governor of “obstruction of justice,” a charge Cuomo denies.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn and the FBI are reportedly investigating the Cuomo administration’s handling of the nursing home deaths, according to Albany Times Union.

De Blasio said at the press briefing endorsed the need for an investigation.

“We’re talking about thousands of people who were lost…and the questions need to be answered to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.”

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Kim can lie

Not a fan of Cuomo, nor De Idiot, but last time I checked Kimmy called a political opponent racist just because he is part of the NYPD. The weird thing is, his opponent was Asian, too!!! Great set of politicians we have here.

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Everyone’s a victim

Crying victimization gets you sympathy and protection, you just have to be convincing or accusing the universally accepted ‘badguy’. It’s interesting to watch adults play children’s games.

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Frannie T.

Got so tired of Andy’s nonsense about of his daughters & mama last year that I stopped watching his updates. He he didnt focus on the nursing home crisis
HE IS A LIAR 🙄

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Jenny

I suspect the real conversation was that Cuomo lost his temper and warned him to stop spreading a smear campaign. Time to move on..if i cried every time a a boss, co worker, family member, friend etc. said something I did not like or told me to do something i did not want to do i would be very lonely and unemployed.

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Angelina

Re: DeBlasio … he’s been lambasted this past year and asked to resign or vote him out … he is not credible. Politics is Dirty and getting Dirtier … it does not have to be this way! Mask Up, All … Stay Healthy. 🙏🏻😷💙

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Joy

Could I possibly be appreciating DeBlasio right now? What has this world come to, lol. I believe Kim!

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Marie

This may be a misunderstanding. Its so hard to understand someone wearing a mask imagine what it would be like now that we will be told to wear two.

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Goombafellas

Cuomo was recently overheard at a social gathering speaking to diBlazio.

“Do I amoooozh yoo? Do I make yoo laaaaff? You think I’m funny? I’m funny how?”

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Gardens Watcher

De Blasio is piling on, and the last thing NYC needs now. Shameless attack from him on Morning Joe.

Should the Mayor be personally accountable for the problems at Elmhurst hospital?

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Cuomolini

First time I’ve ever agreed with the not-too-bright, part-time mayor.

Cuomo is a punk and his idiocy cost thousands of lives. Maybe he can decline his Emmy.

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