Calls Cuomo

Cuomo calls Hamptons concert a ‘gross violation’ of public health, NY state launches probe – CNBC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday called for an investigation into a charity concert that drew a packed crowd of partiers in the tony beach village of Southampton this past weekend.

“It wasn’t just a gross violation of public health rules. It was a gross violation of common sense,” Cuomo said during a press conference call. “We’re taking that very seriously.”

Cuomo said the town of Southampton could face penalties for violating public safety measures. He said the village leadership will be involved in the inquiry by the New York State Department of Health. 

“This is a law. There are civil penalties. There are criminal penalties,” he said. “The town of Southampton is going to have a problem. I don’t know how they approved that permit.”

Cuomo urged local governments to step up and “do their job.” Many bars and restaurants in New York City are continuing to receive citations for violating the state’s coronavirus measures, according to the governor. On Monday, 26 citations were issued in Manhattan and 16 in Queens, he said.

“I need the NYPD to do a better job in New York City,” he said.

The concert, called Safe & Sound, was a drive-in charity event that included performances from the Chainsmokers. Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, who moonlights as D.J. D-Sol, opened the concert. 

The event quickly came under fire after video footage on social media showed crowds of people not social distancing, wearing masks or following public health measures. 

According to the event description, the concert was “designed to maximize social distancing.” All venue staff were required to wear masks and attendees were encouraged to wear masks when going to restrooms.

The tailgate area allowed up to 600 vehicles, and guests weren’t allowed to leave their designated area unless using a restroom. The event also restricted each vehicle to hold a maximum of four guests in a sedan and six in a SUV.

The organizers said in a statement they adhered to all state and local health mandates, and the concert followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines.

Goldman Sachs released a statement Tuesday saying that Solomon “agreed to participate in an event for charity in which the organizers worked closely with the local government and put strict health protocols in place.” The company said Solomon performed early and left before the show ended.

“The vast majority of the audience appeared to follow the rules, but he’s troubled that some violated them and put themselves and others at risk,” the investment bank said in a statement.

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Calls semi-apologizes

AOC calls out GOP Rep. Ted Yoho after he semi-apologizes for berating her: ‘This is not an apology’ – NBC News

Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., on Wednesday addressed heated remarks he made on Monday to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.— who said he called her “crazy” and “disgusting”— but the New York congresswoman said his response was “not an apology.”

“I stand before you this morning to address the strife I injected into the already contentious Congress,” Yoho said on the House floor, reading from prepared remarks.

“I rise to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York,” he said. “It is true that we disagree on policies and visions for America but that does not mean we should be disrespectful. Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I’m very cognizant of my language.”

Yoho said the “offensive name-calling words attributed” to him were never said, “and if they were construed that way I apologize for their misunderstanding.”

“I cannot apologize for my passion, or for loving my God, my family and my country,” he added.

Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter pushed back on the remarks, saying, “This is not an apology.”

– Does not apologize or name any action he did

– Does not accept responsibility

– Lies (this was not a “conversation,” it was verbal assault)

– Distracts by making it abt poverty (ironically)

– Says everyone else is wrong and the incident never happened.

This is not an apology.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 22, 2020

She also noted, “He didn’t even say my name.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday that he appreciated the Yoho’s remarks.

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“The apology was appropriate,” Hoyer added. “I hope that Mr. Yoho feels that apology sincerely. And I hope all of us take a lesson to think before we speak so harshly toward one another.”

Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday told reporters that Yoho confronted her on the steps of the Capitol ahead of Monday’s votes, calling her “disgusting” and “crazy.”

“I hear him just kind of like lobbing these insults at me but I just kept walking into votes,” she said.

The exchange was first reported by The Hill.

According to The Hill, Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was “disgusting” for suggesting unemployment and poverty were leading to a rise in crime in New York City.

“You are out of your freaking mind,” Yoho said to the congresswoman, who then told him that he was “rude,” The Hill wrote, adding that the conversation was overheard by a reporter.

Yoho stood alongside Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas., during the exchange and said “f—ing bitch” as he walked away, The Hill reported.

In a statement to NBC News, a Yoho spokesman denied the slur was used.

“He did not call Rep. Ocasio-Cortez what has been reported in the Hill or any name for that matter,” said the spokesman, Brian Kaveney, who added, “Instead, he made a brief comment to himself as he walked away summarizing what he believes her polices to be: bulls—.”

Ocasio-Cortez said she did not hear the slur but also did not dispute the report. She said Yoho confronted her a second time later Monday.

“He starts screaming saying all these other terrible things about me again kind of essentially doubling tripling down,” she said.

Williams, meanwhile, told The Hill he wasn’t paying close attention to the exchange. To that point, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday, “Gotta love Republican courage from Rep @RogerWilliamsTX: when he undeniably sees another man engaged in virulent harassment of a young woman, just pretend you never saw it in the most cartoonish manner possible and keep pushing.”

“(He’s lying, by the way. He joined in w/ Yoho),” she added, saying in a follow-up tweet that Williams yelled at her about “throwing urine.”

Earlier, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted she “never spoke to Rep. Yoho before he decided to accost me on the steps of the nation’s Capitol yesterday.”

“Believe it or not, I usually get along fine w/ my GOP colleagues,” she added. “We know how to check our legislative sparring at the committee door. But hey, “b*tches” get stuff done.”

Yoho appeared to be referencing remarks Ocasio-Cortez made earlier this month in which she said, “Crime is a problem of a diseased society, which neglects its marginalized people.”

At a Tuesday news conference, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he was going to discuss the incident with Yoho. Hoyer on Tuesday also said that Yoho should face punishment for his remarks.

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Calls Trump

Trump calls protesters ‘terrorists,’ pledges ‘retribution’ for tearing down statues – POLITICO

Spray paint on a statue of former President Andrew Jackson outside the White House. | AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

President Donald Trump on Thursday promised “retribution” against protesters nationwide who tore down statues and referred to Wisconsin demonstrators as “terrorists.”

“Every night, we’re going to get tougher and tougher,” Trump said at a Fox News town hall in Wisconsin on Thursday night, in response to an audience question about his plan to tamp down protests there. “And at some point, there’s going to be retribution because there has to be. These people are vandals, but they’re agitators, but they’re really — they’re terrorists, in a sense.”

It’s unclear what the president meant by “retribution,” but Trump earlier in the town hall called for prison time for protesters who tear down monuments. And in a Tuesday tweet, Trump promised 10 years in jail for “anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such federal property,” citing the 2003 Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act.

Protesters have toppled statues of Confederate generals, slaveholders and colonial figures in cities nationwide in the wake of massive protests against police brutality and racism. On Monday, demonstrators attempted to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson outside the White House before law enforcement cleared the crowd.

“I can understand certain things being taken down, but they ought to go through a process legally,” Trump said Thursday.

In late May, Trump seemingly urged the shooting of looters in Minneapolis amid protests over the death of George Floyd. Trump has repeatedly called for “law and order” as protests continued throughout June.