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Horowitz: Cuomo admits ‘fear,’ not science, driving his restrictions on New York’s Jewish community

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'It's not the best way to do it, but it is a fear-driven response'

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As the virus continues to spread (with a low death rate) despite months of restrictions and mask-wearing, politicians keep returning to the same failed ideas in an attempt to stop the unstoppable. This exercise in repetitive insanity — trying the same thing over again and expecting different results — is certainly not being driven by science, but rather by fear, according to a recent phone recording of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

It's been a shocking few weeks in New York City as an American governor in 2020 is explicitly targeting a sect of orthodox Jews for restrictions on their First Amendment rights to pray in synagogues. In recent days, he dispatched an army of public health officials to Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn to issue thousands of dollars' worth of citations. Now, Cuomo is admitting that it's not science or even anti-Jewish animus driving his latest power play, but the politics of fear and panic.

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