New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered some eye-opening criticism of fellow Democrat, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo when he weighed in Thursday morning on the reports that Cuomo is bullying lawmakers in an effort to protect his administration from scrutiny.
After playing an interview with New York Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim who alleged that Cuomo called him at home and threatened him for 10 minutes while he was with his family, "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski turned to de Blasio. Kim had claimed that Cuomo demanded the assemblyman lie and change his statements about the "crimes" he has witnessed, or that the governor would "destroy" his career.
Brzezinski didn't ask the Democratic mayor to speak to the Kim situation directly, but rather offer insights as to whether he had ever experienced personally or heard of others dealing with similar conduct from Cuomo.
"Yeah, it's a sad thing to say, Mika, but that's classic Andrew Cuomo," de Blasio confirmed. "A lot of people in New York State have received those phone calls. You know, the bullying is nothing new. I believe Ron Kim and it's very, very sad. No public servant, no person who's telling the truth should be treated that way. But yeah, the threats, the belittling, the demand that someone change their statement right that moment? Many, many times, I've heard that and I know a lot of other people in this state have heard that."
Host Joe Scarborough interjected and asked, "So you believe Assemblyman Kim, that he was threatened?"
"One hundred percent. First of all, I know him. He's a good public servant. I've always seen him as a person of integrity but it's just that the script is exactly what a lot of us have heard before. It's not a surprise. It's sad. It's not the way people should be treated. And a lot of people get intimidated by that" de Blasio said before adding of Assemblyman Kim, "I give him credit for not being intimidated."