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Trump Accuses Governors of 'Mutiny'

President says he's up for the fight on executive authority
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2020 1:37 PM CDT

(Newser) – Early Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused President Trump of behaving more like a "king" than a president in asserting authority over the states on the coronavirus outbreak. Trump himself later floated a different comparison, that of a ship captain. A very specific ship captain. "Tell the Democrat Governors that 'Mutiny On The Bounty' was one of my all time favorite movies," he tweeted. "A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy!" Coverage:

  • Another: Trump's tweets came after Cuomo's "king" criticism, and the president directed another rejoinder directly at the governor: "Cuomo’s been calling daily, even hourly, begging for everything, most of which should have been the state’s responsibility, such as new hospitals, beds, ventilators, etc." he wrote. "I got it all done for him, and everyone else, and now he seems to want Independence! That won’t happen!"
  • About that captain: Vanity Fair is among those who found Trump's reference to the movie (there were two, one in 1935 and another in 1962) a little perplexing. That's because the infamous Capt. Bligh was "an arrogant, nasty, paranoid, freakishly obsessive, and brutal man," and things didn't end well for him.

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