As if you needed more proof that Trump Derangement Syndrome turns people into nutjobs, actor Alec Baldwin recently made a depressingly stupid remark about soon-to-be-former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced on Tuesday that he was resigning amid multiple sexual harassment allegations. In the wake of Cuomo’s announcement, Baldwin did what Baldwin does: He took to Twitter to chime in on the affair.
The actor wrote:
Regardless of what you think of Cuomo, this is a tragic day.
Party politics in this country draw ambitious but ultimately isolated, even socially maladjusted men and women who, given the current cancel culture, will likely have their shortcomings exposed and magnified
Tell us you don’t know what cancel culture is without telling us you don’t know what cancel culture is, Mr. Baldwin.
The actor’s comment about “party politics” is particularly amusing given the fact that Mr. Magoo could see that he never would have made such a remark if Cuomo had an “R” next to his name. Furthermore, Cuomo’s situation has about as much to do with cancel culture as film producer Harvey Weinstein’s situation has to do with cancel culture.
This is not a situation in which someone dug up ancient social media posts or comments that Cuomo made long ago and used them to ruin his career. This is not equivalent to finding out that a politician dropped the N-word 15 years ago at a drunken party.
This is a situation in which women were victimized by a narcissistic sleaze who enjoyed abusing his power. Baldwin can refer to Cuomo as “socially maladjusted,” but the everyday person can see him for what he is: An arrogant jackass. There is a reason why polls revealed that the majority of New Yorkers wanted him to resign.
Even worse, this does not account for the reality that soon-to-be-former Gov. Cuomo made decisions that killed thousands of elderly people by forcing them to live in close proximity with people infected with COVID-19 despite the many warnings coming from medical professionals. His negligence cost people their lives. This alone was enough to push him to resign.
Nevertheless, it was the sexual harassment scandal that finally brought Cuomo to his knees. Now, his political career is over and New Yorkers can go in a different direction. This is not a “tragic day” as Baldwin suggests; it is a day to be celebrated. Whenever a powerful politician gets his comeuppance as a result of abusing his power, it is a positive occurrence.
Perhaps Baldwin forgot a quote said by a character he once played:
The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay. The Shadow knows.
It seems that Baldwin should take Lamont Cranston’s words to heart instead of lamenting the downfall of an evil man.