Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has canceled Thanksgiving plans with his 89-year-old mother and two of his daughters after facing a wave of backlash following his pleas for New Yorkers to limit their holiday plans and “stay away” from their loved ones.
On Monday, Cuomo, who has been pleading with New Yorkers to avoid nonessential gatherings and celebrate the holiday with only those in their immediate household, told WAMC-FM that he planned to gather with his 89-year-old mother and two of his daughters on Thanksgiving.
“The story is, my mom is going to come up and two of my girls,” the governor told the station. “But the plans change. But that’s my plan”:
.@NYGovCuomo is having his 89-year old mother and two daughters to Albany for Thanksgiving.
“The story is, my mom is going to come up and two of my girls. But the plans change."
He has spent the better half of two weeks telling New Yorkers to stay home for the holiday.
— Bernadette Hogan (@bern_hogan) November 23, 2020
A week earlier, Cuomo described a difficult conversation he had with his elderly mother, contending that he told her, “Mom, we can’t get together for Thanksgiving.”
His Monday admission drew a wave of backlash, as Cuomo has instituted further coronavirus restrictions, including limiting gatherings at private residences to ten people, maximum.
Last week, Cuomo instructed New Yorkers to “stay away” from their loved ones.
“Your safe zone is not your safe zone. Your safe zone is dangerous this year. Please. Love is sometimes doing what’s hard. This year, if you love someone, it is smarter and better to stay away,” he said:
Love is sometimes doing what’s hard.
The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with your immediate household only. pic.twitter.com/nBEviXnZ8P
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 19, 2020
Predictably, his Thanksgiving plans drew backlash, given his insistence that New Yorkers need to drastically modify their own holiday plans:
This is one of the many reasons why Cuomo is the WORST Governor in America.
His arrogance and hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Do as I say, not as I do.
Rules for thee, but not for me.
Family for me, but none for you.
A despised, hypocritical, tyrannical, hubris-laden Governor👇 https://t.co/WLvF5vdypx
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) November 23, 2020
Will the staff that works at the mansion count toward the limit of 10? Or is the family preparing the food themselves and cleaning up afterward?
— Josefa Velásquez (@J__Velasquez) November 23, 2020
What if @NYGovCuomo’s mother gets COVID and dies because of this? Will he be able to live with himself?
— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) November 23, 2020
So first Gov. Cuomo urges people (wisely!) to limit Thanksgiving to people in their household. Now he invites his elderly mother & daughters over?? https://t.co/xLWUelCLul
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) November 23, 2020
Andrew Cuomo: "This is not a normal Thanksgiving" please stay home.
Also Andrew Cuomo: My mother and daughters are coming to visit me for Thanksgiving.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) November 23, 2020
to be fair, cuomo inviting his mother to thanksgiving is an improvement over sending her to a nursing home with covid patients. progress
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) November 23, 2020
Cuomo says the "current plan" is for his mother and two of his daughters (who do not live with him full time) to join him for Thanksgiving.
— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) November 23, 2020
*stares in Andrew Cuomo having Thanksgiving dinner with his 89-year-old mother* https://t.co/KVc1uBNkE2
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) November 23, 2020
You’ve GOT to be kidding me. https://t.co/v0Ny82MCJl
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 23, 2020
Un-freaking-believable. Now more than ever, people are looking to elected leaders for signals on how to mitigate risk. Is it any wonder so many aren't following health guidelines? And this is the allegedly pro-science party! https://t.co/ddEVgMM5BI
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) November 23, 2020
That same day, a senior adviser to Cuomo told Business Insider that the governor modified his plans:
“As the Governor said, ‘The story is my mom is going to come up and two of my girls is the current plan, but the plans change. That’s my plan. I’m going to work — I’ve got a lot of work to do between now and Thanksgiving,’ and given the current circumstances with COVID, he will have to work through Thanksgiving and will not be seeing them,” Azzopardi told Insider in a statement early Monday evening.
“Don’t tell his mom — she doesn’t know yet,” he added.
Earlier Monday, Cuomo revealed that his out-of-state daughter would not come over for Thanksgiving to keep families “safe”:
My daughter isn't coming to Thanksgiving. She is out of state and it’s safer not to travel.
It's hard. But I can’t think of a better gesture of love than to say, I'm making the tough choice to keep you & our family safe.
We may be physically apart but we’re spiritually together
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 23, 2020
On Sunday, Cuomo warned that certain areas of New York City could soon enter the most restrictive “red” zone, which prohibits “non-essential gatherings of any size.”