UPDATED 11:00 AM PT — Saturday, May 2, 2020
Large crowds gathered in front of the state capitol in Albany, New York, on Friday to protest Governor Andrew Cuomo’s lockdown orders. Hundreds of New Yorkers were heard chanting “USA,” while others waved American flags and held up signs.
Anti lockdown protest in Albany at New York State capitol pic.twitter.com/FtWLMJdQIS
— Luke Tress (@luketress) May 1, 2020
According to demonstrators, the lockdown goes beyond “flattening the curve.” Attendees have said it’s about the government taking more and more control.
“We are fighting for our constitutional rights and our rights given to us by God,” stated one protester. “For every life that’s lost for COVID, I am sad, but for all the lives that have been changed or ruined because of the shutdown, I am more fearful.”
Counter-protesters, who also demonstrated at the capitol, claimed the lockdown orders are saving American lives. They suggested those protesting should be more focused on the health of the nation.
This came after the governor was criticized for overspending taxpayer dollars on unnecessary hospitals in his state. According to new reports, many field hospitals set up for treating coronavirus patients went unused in the peak of the pandemic.
— TruthRaider (@TruthRaiderHQ) April 8, 2020
Last month, President Trump tweeted to Cuomo, “We built you thousands of hospital beds that you didn’t need or use.”
Governor Cuomo should spend more time “doing” and less time “complaining”. Get out there and get the job done. Stop talking! We built you thousands of hospital beds that you didn’t need or use, gave large numbers of Ventilators that you should have had, and helped you with….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
The governor reportedly spent nearly $260 million on two hospital sites and aid from the USNS Comfort.
The Javits Center, NYC’s massive convention center, has been turned into an unbelievable emergency hospital.
It’s completely necessary, but still totally surreal.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) March 28, 2020
The hospitals will reportedly remain on standby in case of a potential second wave of the virus.
A sports field used by Columbia University has been converted into a temporary field hospital for #coronavirus patients in New York.
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) April 15, 2020