‘Has my mom’s blood on his hands’: NYC official lashes out at Trump after coronavirus-linked death

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer grieved the death of his mother due to COVID-19 by unleashing his hatred against President Trump.

The Democrat inexplicably blamed the president for his mother’s death during an interview on CNN which he had promoted in a tweet promising to “talk about grief and loss in NYC—and how we overcome together.”

(Source: CNN)

“For this tragedy to happen is just so overwhelmingly sad for my family,” Stringer told Anderson Cooper on Monday.

The New York City official on Friday announced the passing of his 86-year-old mother, Arlene Stringer-Cuevas, who had served as a New York City Councilwoman in the 1970s.

“My beloved mother passed away this morning as a result of complications from the coronavirus. This is a heartbreaking moment for me, my wife, and our entire family,” Stringer tweeted.

He tweeted about his CNN interview on Monday.

But his grief turned to bitterness as he spoke with Cooper about a tragedy that he said is currently “playing out in so many families.”

“If you had said to me, what would ultimately have my mother fall, I never thought it would be some virus and it is still hard to get around that,” Stringer said.

“And I’ve got to tell you, Donald Trump has blood on his hands and he has my mom’s blood on his hands. And he sent us a hospital that’s right here in the Manhattan Harbor and no one can get on that hospital, ” he said, referring to the US Navy hospital ship Comfort.

Deployed last month to help ease the burden on overcrowded hospitals dealing with coronavirus cases, the 1,000-bed ship has only been treating patients at about 2% of its capacity due to military restrictions which have nothing to do with the president.

“This is something that’s just outrageous and so it’s very tough to mourn under these circumstances,” Stringer told Cooper.

“You’re angry about that?” the CNN anchor asked.

“I think we all are. The government is supposed to protect our people and we’re supposed to be able to protect our parents and grandparents the way they protected us, and we’re not able to do that,” Stringer, who has been serving as New York City comptroller since 2014, said.

“And perhaps the thing I struggle with the most is how do you mourn at a time when you can’t connect with people? There can’t be a funeral. There can’t be a traditional Shiva. There’s no way to reach out to my stepfather and see him personally because he’s quarantined. My little kids can’t say goodbye to their Grandma. There’s something wrong playing out here,” he continued, though it was unclear why he thought Trump was to blame for the unprecedented global pandemic.

Stringer, who also served as borough president of Manhattan after being a New York State Assemblyman from 1993 to 2005, indicated that his mother had been taken to the hospital by emergency medical workers and he was able to speak with nurses and doctors daily on her condition before she died.

After lashing out at the president, Stringer urged viewers to reach out to each other during the crisis.

“When you see someone who passed away because of this evil virus, text someone, call someone because that’s the only way you have closure is by people who are strangers saying good-bye to your mom and helping you grieve and that is so critical to this,” he said.

Stringer found plenty of support on twitter where the anti-Trump Resistance gladly joined the chorus of declaring blood on his hands. But many dished up a harsh dose of reality for the Democrat and his colleagues choosing to cast blame.


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