Over the past two months, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) daily coronavirus briefings have offered a mix of news, numbers, dad jokes, and inspirational quotes, all accompanied by a classic Powerpoint presentation.
And while Cuomo has previously used the platform to criticize young people for ignoring his guidelines, a new TikTok trend shows the youths are tuning in.
“Bring down that anxiety, bring down that fear, bring down that paranoia,” the governor coaches. “And we’re going to get through it because we are New York.”
What started as a seemingly touching tribute to the city was quickly reimagined by others on the platform, who cast Cuomo as an inspirational fitness instructor-slash-meditation teacher.