Cynthia Nixon Calls ICE a ‘Terrorist Organization’ (Video)

Actress-turned-New-York-governor-hopeful says agency has “strayed so far from its mission”

Cynthia Nixon
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Cynthia Nixon is using her platform in the New York gubernatorial race to call out the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for what she believes it truly is: a “terrorist organization.”

On Thursday, the actress-turned-Democratic-hopeful challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared at St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church on New York City’s Upper West Side to call for the abolishment of ICE, while supporting an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant who is a mother to two American children, who fears she may be deported.

“ICE has strayed so far from its mission,” Nixon says in the video below, recorded during her appearance. “It’s supposed to be here to keep Americans safe, but what it’s turned into is frankly a terrorist organization of its own that is terrorizing people who are coming to this country.”

Nixon reiterated her feelings on Twitter, writing: “ICE is a terrorist organization, and its egomaniacal leader is Donald Trump,” while retweeting reporter Zack Fink’s tweet about her remarks at the church.

Cuomo, a centrist Democrat who is widely seen as eyeing a run for president in 2020, must first lock up his 2018 re-election in the Empire State. Cuomo is unlikely to face a significant challenge from Republicans in the general election and his primary battle against Nixon is his only real obstacle.

While Nixon remains a long-shot to end up in Albany, there is evidence that the “Sex & The City” star could give Cuomo a real fight. In a 2014 primary challenge, Zephyr Teachout, a virtually unknown candidate, secured 34 percent of the vote.

See the video and tweet below.