U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, left, and Tedra Cobb. Watertown Daily Times

Upon the surfacing of tapes Tuesday where the president is heard saying he downplayed the coronavirus pandemic, Tedra L. Cobb on Wednesday called for her Republican opponent to resign from her position as co-chair of the president’s New York re-election campaign. 

Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, serves as honorary campaign co-chair for the Trump campaign’s New York branch, alongside five other elected officials from New York, including Reps. Peter T. King, Thomas W. Reed and Lee M. Zeldin. Ms. Cobb, the Democratic candidate for the NY-21 House seat, said her opponent should step down.

On Tuesday, Washington Post reporter and well-known political journalist Bob U. Woodward released a tape of an interview he had with Mr. Trump on March 19, one of 18 interviews Mr. Woodward conducted with the president for his new book “Rage.” In the recording, the president can be heard saying he was “playing down” the severity of the COVID-19 virus in a bid to prevent “panic.” The conversation occurred relatively early in the pandemic, when just over 4,000 cases, and 38 deaths, had been reported in the state. 

Ms. Cobb said in a statement Wednesday that the Woodward tape shows the president lied to the American people, and she called on her opponent to end her involvement in his re-election campaign. 

“As a result of Donald Trump’s failed leadership, 190,000 Americans are dead, millions have gotten sick, and our economy is in shambles,” Ms. Cobb said in her statement. “Throughout this crisis, Elise Stefanik has politicized the pandemic for her own political gain. Now that Trump has admitted that he knew all along how serous this virus was and refused to tell the American people, I am calling on Elise to resign as co-chair of the Trump campaign.”

Spokesperson for the Stefanik campaign Madison Anderson did not address the president’s statements, but said Ms. Cobb’s repeated attacks on him are tantamount to attacks on north country voters. 

“(Tedra Cobb’s) attacks on President Trump are an attack on the voters in the north country,” Ms. Anderson said in an email. “President Trump overwhelmingly won New York’s 21st Congressional District in 2016, and has never polled higher in our district as he heads to a win this November. Congresswoman Stefanik is proud to support President Trump for re-election and serve as New York co-chair of his campaign.”

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Charlie McGrath

Biden, the purveyor of truth. Examples are his arrest in South Africa when he was marching for Nelson Mandela. His top 1/3 graduation in his law school class. He should drop out of the race for lying to the American people.


How about only the candidate who’s over 20,000 lies drops out?

Charlie McGrath

I don't fault Trump on this one. The interviews were a "set-up".


First, so you’re saying that Trump, who’s the one who insisted on doing the interviews, didn’t know who Bob Woodward was? Or he thought he could con him? Second, setup or not, he’s on audiotape admitting that he has downplayed the severity of the coronavirus. Laughably he gives as a reason it was to contain panic. I suppose that’s why prior to the 2018 election every other word out of his mouth was caravan. He must’ve felt the panic building because he immediately stopped talking about the caravans right after the election.

hermit thrush

then you are saying that trump is so dumb he set himself up.


Regarding the point of the doesnt take original thought to pile on (the liberals favorite wrestling move). This is just the latest in the continuous string of meaningless attacks by lib ideologues. Woodward is yet another. Trump should have never talked to the guy. It falls into the "pearls to swine" category.


Trump should have never talked to the guy. It falls into the "pearls to swine" category.

Trump was upset about the last Woodward book because his staff kept him from sitting down for interviews. For this book, the Stable Genius insisted on doing so. Whose fault is that? He thought he could con Woodward. He thinks he can con anyone. Hubris is a killer. It’s hilarious that you compare Trump’s lies to pearls.

Since you like Bible verses here’s one warning voters about repeating their mistake. Proverbs 26:11

As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.


Woodward, that upstanding citizen, was so alarmed that he waited from last spring until just now to alert the populace of America. Interesting timing, inside 2 months to election day and less for early voting.


As to your Bible verse, I suggest you don't vote Democrat again.


Woodward, that upstanding citizen, was so alarmed that he waited from last spring until just now to alert the populace of America.

First, Woodward isn’t the president and doesn’t have any duty to come forward. And what difference would it have made? Trump’s own advisors were telling him to take it more seriously. What would Woodward’s advice have done? He’s not “alerting the populace” apparently, since people like you are willing to excuse anything Trump does. It will go on the historical record. Trump lied, people died! That would look good on a red hat.

Also, it’s pearls before swine. And are you talking Bible or the comics page?


I neglected to mention maybe you consider Woodward to be swine. I find him to be an honorable journalist who has provided more service to this country than all the Trumps. He helped rid the country of a corrupt, dishonest president in the 70s and is doing so now, along with scores of other writers, to enlighten us as to what a truly, horrible man Donald Trump is.




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KR - nailing it!! Love reading your response to Holmes - Pitbull - Rambo... they're reduced to responses of emoji"s...


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hermit thrush

comments like this show why the entire gop needs to be obliterated. they, as a party, think that flagrant lies and deception are aok when their side is doing it even, even if it results in thousands of deaths. trump lied about the virus and we now have thousands of dead people who didn't need to die. that's the story here. focusing on bob woodward is a shameful act of deflection.


“(Tedra Cobb’s) attacks on President Trump are an attack on the voters in the north country,”

That makes no sense. I’m surprised she didn’t say it was like attacking mom and apple pie.


It makes plenty of sense. North Country voters went for Trump and rejected Stand by Your Man, Benghazi, Who Cares About Classified Info Hillary, remember?


Yes, attacks on Trump, coming from Cobb and every corner of the globe, are attacks on north country voters. Why shouldn't they be? What's wrong with holding our friends and neighbors responsible for what they're responsible for?


No wonder Cobb list by 24 points in the last election.. Her hypocrisy is truly immeasurable...


She didn’t lose by 24. She lost by 13.7. That’s the 14 points I see it baselessly predicted she’s going to lose by this time. Try to have a little respect for the truth.


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