Before becoming a candidate for governor of New York, Cynthia Nixon spent decades as a celebrated actress on the small screen. Now an old video has resurfaced of the star receiving her first Emmy award in 2004 — from Donald Trump.
The billionaire real estate magnate was on hand with American Idol’s Simon Cowell to present the award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.” The honor went to Nixon for her role as Miranda Hobbes in “Sex and the City.”
Trump, then serving in his first season as host of The Apprentice, was just embarking on his own decade long television career before being elected President in 2016.
Trump famously never won an Emmy despite his successful run on “The Apprentice” — something he famously complained about in his final presidential debate against Hillary Clinton.
While she does not share his politics, Nixon may have been inspired by Trump to pursue her own political career in New York. On Monday, she announced she would challenge the state’s sitting governor Andrew Cuomo in what will likely be an intense fight for the state’s Democratic primary.
“I love New York. I’ve never lived anywhere else,” said Nixon in a promotional video released Monday. “But something has to change. We want our government to work again, on healthcare, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can’t just be business as usual anymore.”
Nixon took a series of subways to make it by 11 a.m. to her campaign kickoff event in Brownsville, Brooklyn on Tuesday, something she happily complained about to the New York Times’ Shane Goldmacher.
“A quintessential moment in Cuomo’s MTA,” said Nixon.
Cynthia NIXON speaks about her no good commute to her first event: “A quintessential moment in Cuomo’s MTA” pic.twitter.com/XJVg6ysSw1
“We need to fix our broken subway. It’s worse every day. You and I know that because, unlike Governor Cuomo, you and I are on it everyday,” said Nixon in Brownsville in formal remarks. “If you don’t have the means to hop out of the subway and take a cab to work you risk getting fired. The subway is the lifeblood of our city. If the subway dies, so does the city of New York — and right now, it’s on life support.”
As the man who controls the MTA, which maintains New York City’s famously crumbling subway, Cuomo is vulnerable to angry New Yorkers caught in perennial delays. A devastating New York Times investigation found routine mismanagement from the governor including gutting MTA funding to bail out a bankrupt ski resort on upstate New York.
Zephyr Teachout, an unknown primary challenger against Cuomo, snagged 34 percent of the vote in 2014.
16 'Morning Joe' Trump Insults That Got Personal, From 'Schmuck' to 'Jackass' (Photos)
President Trump recently received a ton of criticism for sending out a pair of tweets about MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts “Psycho” Joe Scarborough and “low I.Q. Crazy” Mika Brzezinski.
“She was bleeding badly from a face-lift,” he wrote of an encounter with Brzezinski he claims he had in Florida weeks before his inauguration.
While nothing can justify the president mocking a woman's appearance, the "Morning Joe" duo have been attacking Trump for months.
Check out 16 recent times the MSNBC stars said something that Trump could have taken personally.
They compared him to Kim Jong-un
“This is unprecedented, to have a president who behaves this way,” Brzezinski said on June 23. “It does feel like a developing dictatorship."
Brzezinski said what Bill Clinton was to sex, Trump is to "decency"
"What Bill Clinton did to the issue of sex to an entire generation, I believe this president is doing on issues of decency, on issues of conspiracy theories, on issues of fake news," Brzezinski said in June 15. "I think it's that simple and we're desensitized if we even argue it."
"If the president seems delusional about his accomplishments, you can point no further than that room," Brzezinski said in June 14. "There are no real men in the inner circle of the White House... none at all."
“Donald Trump, again, being a schmuck, thinking he can buy people’s integrity by inviting them over to the White House and wowing them,” Scarborough said on June 7 when discussing a dinner party at the White House. “That’s how he thinks. I know that first hand.”
Scarborough said Trump “is not a sane, rational human being”
“If any CEO, in a Fortune 500 company, was behaving this way, he or she would be removed immediately… they would take him out, he would have psychiatric evaluation and he would no longer be the CEO,” Scarborough said on June 6.
Scarborough called Trump a “bumbling dope” on May 11 because of the way a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister was handled.
“Looking at the front pages of the newspapers here… The Wall Street Journal also, you look, of course, at pictures. The shameful picture where the United States press corps was kept out but the Russians were allowed in,” Scarborough said while holding up the paper.
Scarborough slammed Trump on March 31, saying that Russians are lucky that POTUS is “stupid enough” to pick up their fake news.
“We’re obsessed on how the Russians have hacked, how the Russians have tried to impact this, how the Russians have tried to impact the White House,” Scarborough said. “We’re really just playing into their hands.”