Cuomo: It's only Americans who can hurt America

Cuomo: "Fearmongers" are trying to divide us
Posted at 9:12 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 11:14:49-04

Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling the shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas "as frightening as it gets."

Cuomo spoke about the recent events during a stop at Canalside to promote his breast cancer screening campaign.

Cuomo said there has been a tension and anger in the air over the past few months, and insinuated it has spiked with the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers.

Cuomo warned that "fearmongers" are trying to divide America by targeting its diversity.  

"The only thing the country has to worry about is itself.  The only person who can defeat this country is this country.  It's only Americans who can hurt America," Cuomo said.

The governor spoke specifically about New York as being one of the most diverse states in the country, calling it a "welcome mat to the nation."  As a symbolic show of pride for that diversity, the One World Trade Center will be illuminated in the colors of the American flag on Friday night.

"We are not black, white and brown.  We are red, white and blue and those are the only colors that matter," Cuomo said.

The Peace Bridge will also be illuminated in red, white and blue to signify respect and solidarity for all the victims in the recent deadly attacks.