When last we left the number of women that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo had allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted, it was at seven.
Now, 30 women have come forward claiming that he “bullied or harassed” them. Among the new accusations, one said his actions forced her onto antidepressants, another said he kissed her in front of her fiancé, and a third, a black speech writer, accused him of “racialized abuse,” saying he’d hired her only to fill a “quota,” that she wasn’t given any speeches to write, according to a story from NY Magazine. The most egregious of the sexual allegations, so far, it appears, is Cuomo allegedly reached under a woman’s shirt and groped her. That’s now being looked into by the Albany police.
One former staffer said that the scandals were all part of the same thing. “The same attitude that emboldens you to target a 25-year-old also emboldens you to scrub a nursing-home report,” she said.
At this point, a majority of the NY lawmakers have now called for Cuomo to resign, and the NY Assembly has opened an investigation against him with subpoena power into the sexual misconduct allegations — the first step in a move toward impeachment. That’s on top of multiple, other investigations against Cuomo including by the Albany Police, the NY Attorney General, and the FBI.
It’s not just him, either; it’s all the people around him who propped him up like his secretary, Melissa DeRosa. Here’s how she treated a lawmaker who was questioning how Cuomo was excusing not responding fast enough to the virus, telling her she was “full of sh*t.”
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) March 12, 2021
But on Friday, Cuomo again refused to resign and said he wasn’t going to “bow to cancel culture.” So on top of everything else, he has no idea what cancel culture means. Something is really wrong with this guy.
JUST IN – NY Gov. Cuomo says he won't "bow to cancel culture"pic.twitter.com/gjsnJ0o9rV
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) March 12, 2021
Cuomo claimed those who wanted him to step down were “playing politics.” He also implied the women who had come forward had other “motivations.”
“Women have a right to come forward and be heard and I encourage that fully. But I also want to be clear, there is still a question of the truth, I did not do what has been alleged. Period,” he said in a press conference.
“I won’t speculate about people’s possible motives but I can tell you as a former attorney general who has gone through this situation many times, there are often many motivations for making an allegation and that is why you need to know the facts before you make decision,” he said.
He–incredibly–claimed that this was because he wasn’t “part of the political club.” Son of a governor, formerly married to a Kennedy, considered for a position in the Biden cabinet. It’s only because he has been such a part of the political club that he’s been able to get away with his actions for as long as he has.
He attacked the Democrats who had called on him to resign.
“Politicians who don’t know a single fact but then form a conclusion and an opinion are in my opinion reckless and dangerous,” he said. “The people of New York should not have confidence in a politician who takes a position without knowing any facts or substance — that, my friends, is politics at its worst.”
He later said: “A lot of people allege a lot of things for a lot of reasons.”
So, let’s review.
Cuomo wanted to ‘cancel’ (using his terms) Brett Kavanaugh on allegations.
OCTOBER 6, 2018 Albany, NY
Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on the Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/7wl4InKtP4
— Luke ✝️ 🇺🇲 (@lukelivingood) March 12, 2021
Cuomo wanted Democratic New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to resign on allegations.
Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman pic.twitter.com/yiN2T7dIUx
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 8, 2018
Apparently, we should believe all women. Except when they accuse Andrew Cuomo. Oh, and there are those 15,000 dead people. Maybe we should care about how that happened, too?