Now that six women have come forward accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of various kinds of sexual harassment, with one accusation drifting into the realm of outright sexual assault, calls from within the governor’s own party are being issued for him to resign.
The COVID nursing home scandal — where Cuomo’s own health department demanded, against the advice of experts and officials, that COVID-positive patients be admitted to nursing homes, leading to thousands of deaths which Cuomo’s administration attempted to lie about and hide — have made things even worse.
However, the embattled Cuomo resolutely refuses to resign. Instead, he has now moved to question the motives of some of his accusers.
Cuomo Blames Accusers and Refuses to Take Responsibility
At this point, dozens of New York lawmakers have called on Cuomo to resign. During a press call on Friday, March 12, he finally decided to address those calls. “I did not do what is alleged. Period,” he said.
He then proceeded to slyly question the motives of the women who have accused him of initiating inappropriate sexual contact with them while acting as though he wasn’t questioning their motives.
Cuomo said that “there are often many motivations for making an allegation, and that is why you need to know the facts before you make a decision.” However, he also quickly said that he would not “speculate” on what any of these motives were. In that way, he attempted to plant seeds of doubt and protect himself.
Bursting with self-righteousness, he went on to say, “People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture and the truth. Let the review proceed. I am not going to resign. I was not elected by the politicians. I was elected by the people. Part of this is I am not part of the political club. And you know what? I’m proud of it.”
The suggestion that Cuomo is “not part of the political club” is astonishingly and insultingly ludicrous. Cuomo’s father also used to be governor of New York. Andrew Cuomo is the scion of a political dynasty.
As for the people who elected him, if public opinion polls are any indication, they no longer want him in office.
His approval rating reached as high as 71% last year but has since crashed down to 38% following the revelations about his many scandals.
The self-serving complaints about “cancel culture,” which Cuomo never designed to make a peep about before, also ring hollow.
Even New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler has turned against him, saying that “his accusers are credible and the charges against him are serious indeed.” He added, “Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of the people of New York. Governor Cuomo must resign.”
It remains to be seen how this disgraceful yet admittedly amusing saga will end.