A three-word statement from former President Donald Trump this week prompted speculation among fans and foes alike.
In what many pundits believe was a reference to the recent resignation of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Trump wrote Wednesday: “BULLIES NEVER FIGHT!”
“That’s what I’ll do”
According to the Washington Examiner, the brief message was distributed through his Save America PAC, and everyone on Trump’s email list received the announcement.
Since it contained just three words without any further update, however, recipients were left guessing about its true meaning.
Among the most prominent theories is that Trump was weighing in on Cuomo’s announcement this week that he will be stepping down amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
The governor’s decision came after a report from New York Attorney General Letitia James that found allegations by current and former state employees to be credible. Cuomo subsequently received increasing bipartisan pressure to resign and still faces the possibility of impeachment and criminal charges.
“The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” Cuomo said on Tuesday, according to USA Today. “And therefore, that’s what I’ll do.”
“A big victory for the Democrats”
Although Cuomo continues to maintain that he never knowingly crossed the line with any of his accusers, it is possible that he is one of the “bullies” that Trump referred to in his message. If so, it would be the only public comment the former president has made about Cuomo since the resignation announcement.
Of course, there are other possibilities, including that Trump had directed his message to the GOP lawmakers — including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — who voted along with Democrats to pass a massive infrastructure bill.
It seems less likely that this was Trump’s intent, however, since he has already made his thought about the bipartisan proposal clear.
In a prior statement, he declared that the infrastructure bill “will be a big victory for the Democrats and will be used against Republicans in the upcoming elections.”
Considering the context, it appears that Trump was probably referencing Cuomo with his pithy statement. Unless he elaborates on the remark, though, all anyone can do is make an educated guess.