You know that book New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote about his supposedly stellar handling of the COVID-19 pandemic? Well, it looks like nobody is buying it anymore.
The Hill reported:
Market researcher NPD Group told the outlet that only 300 copies of “America’s Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” moved in February, while the book has sold over 45,800 units since it was released in October.
Kristen McLean, an NPD analyst, told Bloomberg that a steep-drop off in sales within eight weeks is common for political books, but said Cuomo’s book saw a “precipitous drop” in sales five weeks ago. It went from selling several thousand to less than 200 copies a week, she said.
With a completely straight face, Mclean said, “we cannot confirm why it was dropped” and “we will leave that question to others.”
McLean might wish to be coy about Cuomo’s sad luck, but the reason why his book sales have dropped seems obvious. The turn of events comes amid allegations that his administration deliberately hid thousands of COVID-related deaths to avoid political damage.
New York Attorney General released a report in January indicated that Cuomo’s office underreported coronavirus deaths by about 50%. These deaths were related to the governor’s decision to force nursing homes to accept individuals who had been infected with the virus. The activist media largely ignored this story last year, likely because they needed to prop Cuomo up as an antagonist against former President Donald Trump.
To make matters worse, Cuomo has recently become the target of sexual harassment allegations. Three women so far have come forward alleging that the governor behaved in a sexually inappropriate way with them.
The situation has become so precarious for Cuomo that even Democratic officials and activist media outlets seem to have turned on him. Several high-profile left-leaning politicians have criticized the governor, some even calling for his resignation. Others, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have called for investigations into the nursing home scandal.
New York’s legislature passed a bill on Friday revoking Gov. Cuomo’s authority to unilaterally issue directives without oversight from the legislature. This was an emergency power he was granted last year during the pandemic.
On Wednesday, Cuomo issued an apology related to the sexual harassment allegations during a press conference. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it and frankly, I am embarrassed by it. And that’s not easy to say, but that’s the truth,” he said.
Cuomo’s plummeting book sales might signify something deeper than merely losing revenue. It is not hard to imagine that this is a sign that New Yorkers have lost faith in their governor despite having a higher opinion of him throughout 2020. The fact that even the media has taken a more critical tone towards him suggests that his political days might be numbered.
So far, Cuomo has rebuffed the notion that he should resign. But, as the activist media was fond of saying about Trump, the walls appear to be closing in on the left’s former hero. Now that rumblings of impeachment are floating about, the decision might not be up to Cuomo.