New York Governor Andrew Cuomo eviscerated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-KY) last week after McConnell said he'd rather see states go bankrupt than receive increased federal funding to combat the global pandemic that's upended daily life in the United States.
Cuomo rightly pointed out that, unlike McConnell's state of Kentucky, New York puts more money into the federal government than it receives.
Some people—like President Donald Trump—apparently didn't get the message.
The President posted a tweet asking why the federal government should bail out "poorly-run" states, falsely claiming that all of the states seeking federal funds are run by Democrats.
In reality, six of the eight states that give more to the federal government than they receive are blue states, while three of the top four states who take more money than they give are run by Republicans—as Huffington Post points out.
Cuomo was quick to call out Trump's lies.
Cuomo: "Nobody puts more money into the pot than the state of New York." https://t.co/Ee409OcILZ https://t.co/e4Dlhjq5G0— The Hill (@The Hill)1588012260.0
"If you want to go to who's getting bailed out and who paid what, nobody would be bailing out New York state. New York state has been bailing them out every year for decades. If you want to do an analysis of who is a giver and who is a taker, we are the number one giver. The number one giver."
"Nobody puts more into the pot than the state of New York. We're the number one donor state, and if you want to look at...who are the giver states, they are the same states that they're talking about now."
"Who are the taker states? Kentucky, Southeast part of the country. I understand we're one nation...but if you want to call for an accounting, you're making a mistake. Because you lose if we do an accounting. You lose, and you happen to be 180 degrees wrong in what you're suggesting."
In addition to debunking the falsehoods, a frustrated Cuomo pointed out the flaws in Trump's premise:
"This is not the time to be talking about dollars and cents among members of a community who are trying to be mutually supportive and help each other. This is not the time to be saying, 'Well, you put in a dollar more than I did,' or 'I put in $5 more than you did.'"
He wasn't the only one to rebuke Trump for the false statement.
For every $1 Connecticut taxpayers send the federal govt, we receive $0.74 back in federal support. We're happy to… https://t.co/a1WVvL3vzl— Comptroller Kevin Lembo (@Comptroller Kevin Lembo)1588004932.0
False. The poorest states in the US are all red states--every last one of them.The poorest are: AK AL AR KY LA MS T… https://t.co/rrSHktufHm— Victoria Brownworth (@Victoria Brownworth)1588017155.0
Illinois has had budget challenges for decades. In last 3 decades, has had 3 R & 3 D govs. Current gov beat GOP inc… https://t.co/oJ45zRMWjm— Mike Memoli (@Mike Memoli)1587999434.0
Context on state dependency and "bailouts," based on the ratio of federal giving to taking. Three of the four most… https://t.co/eNjG1PiyVA— Sahil Kapur (@Sahil Kapur)1588000156.0
But possibly even more disgraceful than the falsehoods is that Trump's premise dismisses a pillar of the principles of the United States.
Nothing more divisive than this. @realDonaldTrump actively tries to dissolve the union he represents. He wants to "… https://t.co/kqEDnlCOP4— Brian J. Karem (@Brian J. Karem)1588000384.0
Mr. President, #COVID19 is in every state. It is affecting us all, red & blue states alike. Forcing states & munici… https://t.co/LDHwRlj546— Senator Dick Durbin (@Senator Dick Durbin)1588019475.0
This is a ridiculous statement from someone who is supposed to be the President of the UNITED States of America. We… https://t.co/wpD0kDWio5— Tammy Duckworth (@Tammy Duckworth)1588011328.0
When will President Trump realize this is not about politics? This is about slowing the spread of the virus & savin… https://t.co/5sQwKXAlV5— Senator Patty Murray (@Senator Patty Murray)1588017087.0
The President is content with being the leader of only red states who kowtow to him, apparently.