Gov. Ralph Northam on CNN’s State of the Union a few minutes ago…pushing back against the Lying-Liar-in-Chief and his insane “LIBERATE VIRGINIA” tweet and “under siege” comment.
“You know, our president obviously has been unable to deliver on tests. Now, he has chosen to focus on protests. And this is not the time for protests, this is not the time for divisiveness. This is time for leadership that will stand up and provide empathy, that will understand what’s going on in this country of ours with this pandemic. It’s the time for truth. And it’s the time to bring people together. And that’s what I’ve done as the governor of Virginia.
We’re fighting a biological war. We’ve been asked, by the way, as governors, to fight that war without the supplies we need. And so the governors have worked together to really increase the amount of PPE that we have; we’ve been competing for that, unfortunately…I commend the governors, but I also commend Virginians. Virginians know what this is about, they’re working together, they’re checking on others. Our teachers are stepping up…It’s an unbelievable response…We’re in the middle of a health crisis right now, we’re also in the middle of an economic crisis. And just as soon as we can get this health crisis behind us, we’ll be able to address the economic crisis, get back to where we were, and let people get back to their normal lives.”
Gov. Ralph Northam on President Trump’s call to “liberate” Virginia: “This is not the time for protests, this is not the time for divisiveness. This is time for leadership that will stand up and provide empathy … it’s the time for truth” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/jMhewJFVwH
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) April 19, 2020
Also, on Trump’s and Pence’s comments that the U.S. supposedly has enough testing capacity for states to begin opening up, Northam responds, “Jake, that’s just delusional to be making statements like that…We don’t even have enough swabs, believe it or not…For the national level to say that we have what we need and really to have no guidance to the state levels is just irresponsible…”
— Virginia Democrats (@vademocrats) April 19, 2020