You’re not going to need a kids' table at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Thanksgiving.
“My personal advice is you don’t have family gatherings, even for Thanksgiving,” the governor told reporters in a conference call on Wednesday. “I don’t want to endanger our families, endanger our friends.”
Cuomo doubled down on a pronouncement made a day earlier by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who told New Yorkers not to travel out of state during the holiday season to any place with a high COVID infection rate.
The warnings from New York’s elected leaders are a far cry from Vice President Mike Pence, who punted his way through his “60 Minutes” interview. Pressed by Lesley Stahl about what Americans should do for Thanksgiving, Pence responded, “I think that's a decision every American family can make based on the circumstances in their community, the vulnerability of particular family members.”
“I think the difference between President Trump and me and some of the public voices in this debate over the last year has been we trust the American people,’’ he added.
But the American people should be able to trust their elected leaders to give them good advice – especially Mike Pence, the chairman of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
If the medium is the message, it’s decidedly mixed from a White House where “mask optional” seems to be printed on every invitation. Meanwhile, COVID hospitalizations in America jumped by 40% over the last month – a statistic that presumably includes the president’s three-day stay in Walter Reed Hospital.
In times of crisis, we turn to our elected officials for answers, not shoulder shrugs. “Do whatever you think is right” isn’t what you want to hear from an emergency responder when your house is burning down.
This could be the last White House Thanksgiving for Donald Trump, largely because he treated the coronavirus like a hot potato rather than a chance to lead the country through a disaster. The turkeys are coming home to roost.