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1/Pls remember that four days ago I warned that Trump would demonize and punish NYC as red meat for his base. "I don't believe you need" 30-40,000 ventilators he says now to NYC. I note this b/c you can foresee events if you know how to read political messaging. He is setting..
2/Up a dialectic netween NYC and red states, identifying NYC as "irresponsible", infectious. History shows that once a group is identified as "infectious" and a threat to the larger group (even though in this case there's medical basis for his messaging), they can be dehumanized
3/ and a reptile-brain mentality from the larger group wants to see them isolated, demeaned and brought low. Add to this the hostility of Trump's base to "liberal elites" on the coasts. These are not conscious antagonisms that Trump is manipulating but demeaning, humiliating NYC
4/brings out the sense of validated rage, superiority to upstart elites that "lock her up" also spoke to re Hillary Clinton. It's a very dangerous dynamic and Cuomo will lose time and energy trying to get Trump to react to NYC's endangerment as if he is dealing with a normal ..
5/compassionate human response. You'll see Trump continue to sadistically force NYC to wait for help, dole it out in far too little volume, make Cuomo and Di Blasio beg and showcase his lack of empathy for the sic and dying of NYC. I personally worry about NYC cut off physically
6/from the rest of the country, FEMA or military at bridges and tunnels, not enough medicine/food let in or out, with Trump blaming situation on "infectiousness" of New Yorkers and NYC turned into a spectacle of suffering for his base. This is a leader who put kids in cages. I
7/don't make this warning to scare people needlessly but to encourage NYC and NYS leaders to be aware that they are not negotiating in normal circumstances and that there must be a PLan B for NYC and NYS's safety not dependent on federal help and not handing over access in or out
8/of the city to Federal agencies.
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