Yesterday, Governor Cuomo addressed the crowd at Hillary Clinton’s first rally after Super Tuesday. During his remarks he made it clear why Donald Trump’s opinions on immigration lacked…well let’s just say the Governor disagreed with Mr Trump. But here, see for yourself.
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“If that’s the problem, the solution is simple. “We make a long list. We write down all the immigrants on the list, and then we kick them all out. And then to make sure they don’t come back, we build a wall – the wall, the big wall, a long wall, a thousand mile wall, like the China wall, but wider, but higher, but nicer, I’m going to build a wall, but don’t worry, the wall is a beautiful wall.”
Here’s the full text of Governor Cuomo’s speech:
Full transcript of Governor Cuomo’s speech:
Thank you! Do we have New York in the house today? Do we have our brothers and sisters from labor in the house today? Are we fired up? Are we fired up? Are we going to make Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States? You’re darn right!
I tell you, I am so excited. Hillary Clinton is going to become the Democratic nominee – you can feel it, it is coming. I worked for eight years in the Clinton administration; I was HUD Secretary; and I tell you, it was a great joy to work with Bill and Hillary Clinton. The more this country sees Hillary Clinton the more they’re going to love Hillary Clinton and I’m excited. But the nominee is just a start, because Hillary Clinton is going to be the President of the United States of America.
I don’t know who the Republican nominee will be. But I don’t think it matters much, because they are all saying the same thing. They’re just saying it at different decibel levels. But this election is not going to be just about two people. It is going to be about two very different philosophies – two very different paths for this country to choose. Their philosophy is clear. They’re going to fan the flames of fear. They’re going to play with people’s anxieties. They’re going to say “are you worried about the economy, are you worried about terrorism, are you worried about college tuition? I’ll tell you the problem. The problem is people who are different.” That’s what they’re trying to say. Stoke that fear, stoke that anxiety, turn people against each other. The differences, they say, are the problem. “It’s the gay people who think they have a right to marry, that’s the problem; it’s the women who think they have the right to control their own body, that’s the problem; it’s the immigrants, the people who look different and sound different and have a different language, they are the problem.” That’s what they are saying to the American people.
They’re using the fear and using the anxiety to foster their political agenda. And then their solution is simple. If that’s the problem, the solution is simple. “We make a long list. We write down all the immigrants on the list, and then we kick them all out. And then to make sure they don’t come back, we build a wall – the wall, the big wall, a long wall, a thousand mile wall, like the China wall, but wider, but higher, but nicer, I’m going to build a wall, but don’t worry, the wall is a beautiful wall.”
We believe the exact opposite. The exact opposite is what we believe. We say yes, there are problems. Yes there are challenges. But the answer is not to divide. The answer is to unite. We believe our differences are not a weakness. Our differences are a source of strength. Our America works with anyone who is willing to work with her. That’s our America.
And that’s why we believe anyone who works full time deserves a decent living and a decent life and we want to raise the minimum wage to $15 and pass paid family leave. And that’s why we believe everyone has civil rights that should be respected and that love does not discriminate and we support marriage equality. And that’s why we believe in fighting terrorism by building coalitions, not by more antagonism. They say they want to make America great again. They don’t know what made America great in the first place. They want to deny immigrants. Well my friends, this is New York. We are all immigrants and we are proud of it. And unless they are Native Americans, I don’t know what they’re talking about.
You want to know what makes America great? This room makes America great. African Americans together with Asian Americans together with Italian Americans and Irish Americans and Christians and Jews and Muslims all together. That is what makes America great. The Statue of Liberty is what makes America great. Opening our arms to the world is what makes America great. Forging community and offering opportunity for all is what makes America great. And that’s what this election is all about. They want to build walls, we want to build bridges and that’s the difference. We’re going to connect people, not exclude people. We believe in addition and inclusion and working together to forge a better future and the American people are with us and that’s why.
Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president of the United States and we will be [unclear] in this nation. Are you with me? Are you with me? Is Hillary going to be the next president? Are we going to make it happen? Thank you and God bless you.