“State governments,” cites the quote from Cuomo’s PowerPoint presentation, “have inherent advantages, which will never give them influence and influence over national government, and will forever rule out the possibility of federal encroachments. That their liberties, in fact, can be overthrown by the federal leader, is repugnant to all the rules of political calculation. “
Hamilton said these words at the New York ratification convention in 1788. The quote appears in many books on Hamilton, who became a cultural icon and favorite founder after the premiere of the hit play by Lin-Manuel Miranda in 2015.
A Caribbean immigrant, Hamilton moved to New York in 1773 and became one of George Washington’s closest confidants during the Revolutionary War. He wrote 50 of the 85 Federalist Papers, defending a strong central government.
Washington made him the country’s first secretary of the Treasury, putting him in charge of the new nation’s monetary policy. He wielded great power until 1804, when Vice President Aaron Burr killed him in a duel.
Hamilton, who appears on the $ 10 bill, was quoted by Democrats when Trump was deposed. The coronavirus has closed much of New York, including its theaters, but has brought Hamilton back into the public eye in escalating debate over when the country should “reopen” and the power Trump has to override governors who might want to wait longer.
Responding to Trump, Cuomo said, “We have no king in this country. We did not want a king, so we have a constitution and we elect a president. In addition to posting Hamilton’s remarks at his press conference, the governor also tweeted them.
“State governments have inherent advantages, which will never give them influence and control over national government and forever rule out the possibility of federal encroachment. That their liberties may be overturned by the federal leader is repugnant … “—Alexander Hamilton
– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 14, 2020
Trump hasn’t talked about Cuomo’s quote about Hamilton yet, but earlier today he tweeted:
Cuomo called daily, even hourly, begging for everything, which should have been the responsibility of the state, like new hospitals, beds, ventilators, etc. I did everything for him and for everyone, and now he seems to want independence! It will not happen!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2020
With Broadway now dark, Hamilton could not be reached for comment.