Trump Says New York is a “ghost town” and restaurants are “dying”

US President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden exchange arguments during the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

In the third and final televised debate between USA President Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, the President claimed that New York’s restaurants are “dying” and also described the city as a “ghost town” because of the coronavirus restrictions.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is cautiously approaching the reopening of New York restaurants limited to just 25% indoor dining capacity, has been one of the names criticized by President Trump. Biden called for more financial resources to be made available to restaurants to allow them to adapt to a pandemic with the installation of safety measures such as plexiglass barriers between tables.

President Trump responded by saying that restaurants were “dying” and that they shouldn’t have to. “If you go and look at what has happened to New York, it’s a ghost town. Take a look at what’s happening to New York. It’s dying,” Trump said at the second and final presidential debate in Nashville, Tenn. — accusing Democratic nominee Joe Biden of devastating businesses through strict lockdowns.

New Yorkers took to Twitter to refute President Trump’s claims that New York is a “ghost town,” with many praising the restaurants and restaurant workers’ resilience in getting through the crisis, staying open, and indeed contributing to help those in need in their local communities.