The left is turning on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Sexual harassment allegations have begun to emerge after it was revealed that his policies directly caused the deaths of thousands of elderly residents.
Democrats Cancelling Cuomo
Democrats are completely in favor of authoritarian-style COVID lockdowns, so many likely fear that calling out one of Cuomo’s policies could lead to scrutiny on many other policies in New York that have been implemented in most Democrat-run states. As the Democrats spent the majority of the past few months praising Cuomo for his ‘excellent’ handling of the COVID pandemic, giving him awards and celebrating him as the governor that every state should look to for advice on how to handle their own policies, many on the left were afraid to come out and criticize him for the nursing home death scandal. Now, they don’t have to.
They can still cancel Cuomo, and pretend they are holding him accountable, for a completely different reason: #MeToo. Since New York’s governor is no longer useful in their political game, Democrats have begun attacking him due to several allegations of sexual harassment/misconduct.
As The GOP Times previously reported, “Far-left New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has turned on Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, not for the thousands of elderly nursing home victims that were killed by Cuomo’s COVID policies, but for new sexual harassment allegations against the governor.”
Other elected officials in New York have joined de Blasio in attacking Cuomo.
“I’m reeling, quite frankly. It’s disturbing to say the least,” said Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat who represents New York’s 109th Assembly District.
“Allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously. There must be a truly independent investigation to thoroughly review these troubling allegations against the governor, and I stand ready to oversee that investigation and make any appointments necessary. Given state law, this can only be accomplished through an official referral from the governor’s office based on State Law ( 63-8) and must include subpoena power. I urge the governor to make this referral immediately,” said New York State Attorney General Letitia James.
Two former Cuomo administration staffers, including Karen Hinton, Mayor de Blasio‘s former press secretary, have entered the spotlight after accusing Cuomo of sexual harassment and bullying.
“He made me feel as if I were no good at my job and thus totally dependent on him to keep it… Working for him is like a 1950s version of marriage. He always, always, always comes first. Everyone and everything else — your actual spouse, your children, your own career goals — is secondary. Your focus 24 hours a day is on him,” Hinton wrote.
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive it is not only condoned but expected,” said Lindsey Boylan, a former top aide to the governor. Boylan has claimed that while she was employed by Cuomo, he kissed her, repeatedly touched her lower back and legs, and invited her to play strip poker.
Several new allegations have emerged, including one from former aide to Cuomo, Charlotte Bennett, 25, who told the New York Times that the governor had asked her sexually inappropriate questions.
Another questionable action by Cuomo was caught on video. The governor can be heard challenging a female journalist in a suggestive manner to “eat the whole sausage” in front of him at the New York State Fair in 2016.
“I want to see you eat the whole sausage,” Cuomo is heard telling reporter Beth Cefalu.
“I don’t know if I should eat the whole sausage in front of you, but I’m definitely going to eat it,” responds Cefalu.
Twitter users slammed Cuomo for the “creepy” and “cringey” statements.
“It’s almost like he’s sexually harassing her in front of everybody and they’re just okay with it, probably because they’re used to it,” one user said in a since-deleted tweet.
Whether any of the allegations not captured on video are true, it is likely that Democrats will use them as an excuse to cancel Governor Cuomo before his disastrous COVID policies and alleged sexual misconduct can harm the Democrat Party’s relationship with its voters.