Barbra Streisand got back to her New York roots while introducing Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a virtual event for his new book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” on Thursday night.
The Hollywood icon appeared via video before a Q&A between Cuomo and “Axios on HBO” director and producer Perri Peltz, hosted by New York’s Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center.
“Although I have lived in California for many years, I have always considered myself a New Yorker. No one can ever take all of the Brooklyn out of me,” the “Funny Girl” star and Democratic donor said, before praising Cuomo — and bashing President Trump while she was at it.
“I’ve never been prouder — and more disappointed — about the leadership shown by two different New Yorkers,” she said.
She gave Cuomo props by saying he, “not only brought New York back from having the most victims to being the safest state… but he also became the nation’s leader in communicating calm, reassuring, strong, truthful and inspiring leadership, based on science, logic and positivity.” But she said, “That was in daily contrast to another… well, a New Yorker who left the state… It’s quite clear who took the right path.”
Ironically she and Trump both reportedly donated to Cuomo’s gubernatorial campaign back in 2010 — with Trump kicking $6,000 into Cuomo’s coffers, while Babs gave $1,000 back then.