Democrat politicians in New York erupted in outrage on Thursday evening over a fake quote from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) that attacked Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Democrat politicians in New York erupted in outrage on Thursday evening over a fake quote from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) that attacked Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The quote, which Waters said in 2018, had been altered from her original words, which attacked members of the Trump administration.
The viral tweet came on the same day that the state’s attorney general said that Cuomo’s team had severely undercounted coronavirus deaths in nursing homes in the state by more than 50%.
A troll Twitter account tweeted the fake quote from Waters, writing: “If you see anybody from the Cuomo Administration in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
Waters originally said those remarks in June 2018, but she made them about Trump administration officials, not members of the Cuomo administration.
Democrats in the state of New York, including at least one federal official representing the state, responded in anger to the tweet, although in some cases it was not exactly clear if they believed the quote was real.
Former Pete Buttigieg adviser Lis Smith wrote: “Way way way over the line. Especially in light of what happened at the Capitol on Jan 6.”