Rebuking President Donald Trump's "polarization" and lamenting partisan politics, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., says he wants to work on generating a "red, white, and blue wave" – albeit while rooting for a Democratic Congress "to stop this president."
"To govern, to live together, it can't be red or blue; it can't be conservative or liberal," Cuomo told "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y. "You have to bring everyone together. You have to have an agenda that brings people together.
"And that's what we've been working on. I think, frankly, that's the point the president misses time and time again. He plays to the polarization and exacerbates the polarization."
Cuomo proceeded to reject conservative politics and President Trump's administrative agenda as a matter of form, expressing a need for Democrats in office.
"I need a Democratic Senate in the state to stop what Washington is doing," Cuomo told host John Catsimatidis. "I need to elect congressional Democrats so there is a Democratic Congress that can stop this president. . . . It's beyond normal politics . . . [New Yorkers] know the threat from Washington is very real."
Despite Cuomo's calls for bipartisanship, his "red, white, and blue wave" campaign helped him defeat actor Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic primary, ideology he holds onto despite his desires for Democratic control over Republicans.
"I want to tell all America this is not a partisan country," Cuomo said. "This is not a country that has grown and thrived because of pointing to differences. We point to commonalities. Our founding slogan is E Pluribus Unum – out of many one – pointing out distinctions, racial distinctions, religious distinctions . . . this is a cancer for this country.
". . . Once you start to demonize our differences, you unleash a cancer on the body politic that you can't control. And that's what is happening right now . . . and that’s why we have to start talking about the red, white, and blue wave."
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