Cuomo Turns Convention Speech Into Extended Metaphor Comparing Trump to COVID

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks by video feed from New York at the start of the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisc., August 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention/POOL via Reuters)

New York governor Andrew Cuomo turned his Democratic convention speech into an extended metaphor in which he compared President Trump to the coronavirus.

“We know that our problems go beyond the COVID virus: COVID is the symptom, not the illness,” Cuomo said in a live speech broadcast without a physical audience. “Our nation is in crisis, and in many ways COVID is just a metaphor.

“A virus attacks when the body is weak, when it cannot defend itself,” Cuomo continued. “Over the past few years America’s body politic has been weakened…Only a strong body can fight off the virus, and America’s divisions weakened it. Donald Trump didn’t create the initial division, the division created Trump: he only made it worse.”

Cuomo went on to compare the country’s government to an “immune system,” and blamed the federal government for failing to contain coronavirus. With over 32,000 coronavirus deaths, New York has suffered the highest death toll of any U.S. state during the pandemic.

The speaker following Cuomo, Kristin Urquiza, compared Trump to a “preexisting condition,” blaming the president for her father’s death from coronavirus.

“My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump, and for that, he paid with his life,” Urquiza said. “One of the last things that my father said to me was that he felt betrayed by the likes of Donald Trump. And so, when I cast my vote for Joe Biden, I will do it for my dad.”


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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.