I’ve been stewing on this for a couple days, and now I’m beyond my typical level of indignation. I’m sickened and appalled by the comments from Andrew Cuomo, in which he stated “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.”
To fully convey my level of disgust, I will have to break one of my personal rules. I avoid writing about the events of 9/11. On the anniversary of the attacks, I avoid social media with it’s vomitous flow of saccharin bumper sticker sentiments which are as well intended as they are unnecessary. Personally, I don’t believe I’ll ever need a gif of jetliners crashing into the World Trade Center to ensure that I never forget, but I digress. No, for me, I avoid the topic because, honestly, it’s too painful, even after almost two decades. Like many countless others, the attacks on that September morning in 2001 brought not only the profound sense of sudden insecurity, but the grief both for a wounded nation and for friends I lost that day.
So it is with this in mind that I come to hizzoner’s stupid comments. I don’t know where Andrew Cuomo was on that September morning, or where he was during the days and weeks that followed. Nor do I care, to be perfectly frank.
What we saw in the aftermath of the horrors wrought not just in Lower Manhattan, but at the Pentagon, in that Pennsylvania field, and in cities and towns across the country, was an incredibly heartwarming and selfless outpouring of love and support. We saw uncanny acts of bravery and valor, sacrifice and humility.
We saw first responders rush headlong into a nightmare when every fiber of their being screamed “run away”. We saw volunteers from all walks of life spend days searching for signs of life, followed by week’s of recovering the remains of those who perished.
So for me to hear the Governor of New York, of all places, claim that America has never been great, is as though he spit on that memory. To hizzoner’s I say not just shame on you, I say fuck you, Andrew.