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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo apparently doesn't understand the definition of 'tolerance
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responds Sunday, January 29, 2017, to President Donald Trump's executive order instituting a temporary travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries. (Image source: CBS News)

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo apparently doesn't understand the definition of 'tolerance

Responding to President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban from some Muslim-majority countries, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that New York was the laboratory of American democracy and that his state "has no tolerance for intolerance."

When questioned why he decided to push back against Trump's executive order, he responded by saying: "Is [the travel ban] what this country represents to me? No..this is New York, this is the Statue of Liberty...we open our arms to people all across the country...it's what makes us special...[the executive order instituting the ban] is the exact opposite of what I believe."

He also made a curious statement that New York "has no tolerance for intolerance." That statement is curious because, back in January 2014, Cuomo made a very pronounced statement on the "tolerance" of New York when he said, "Extreme conservatives have no place in New York" after some Republicans in the state voted against gun control legislation called the SAFE Act.

"Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are?," Cuomo wondered at the time. "Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

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