Andrew Cuomo

Calls for Cuomo’s Resignation Ignore Nursing Home Scandals, Focus Only on Sexual Harassment Allegations

Over the past two weeks, seven women have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The most recent woman to accuse him of misconduct said he had groped her at the governor’s mansion last year. The floodgates have most definitely opened and many of his longtime allies have abandoned him as people often do in situations like this.

On Friday, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand issued a joint statement in which they called for Cuomo to resign. It read:

Confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and steady leadership,

We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct. Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York. Governor Cuomo should resign.

Prior to their announcement, the majority of House lawmakers from the state, including Reps. Jerry Nadler and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, had called on Cuomo to quit.

Even the editors of the New York Times are on board. In a Saturday op-ed, they wrote:

The governor has lost his political allies and the public’s confidence. … The reality is that Mr. Cuomo has now lost the support of his party and his governing partners. The Democrats who control the State Legislature appear willing to impeach him, to say nothing of the Republicans. New York’s congressional delegation and city leaders, key to his base, have called on him to resign.

Undergirding these specific accusations is the widespread description of his administration by many former aides as a toxic workplace in which Mr. Cuomo and others ruled by fear and emotional abuse — and drew women whom Mr. Cuomo saw as attractive closer into his orbit, actively encouraging them to wear heels and dress in tightfitting clothing whenever he was around. In New York politics, Mr. Cuomo’s bullying style was an open secret. But the public caught only a glimpse of the dangers of Mr. Cuomo’s behavior recently.

Certainly I agree that if these allegations are true, Cuomo should step down. However, in my opinion, the far worse charges against the Governor involve his handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

A man who would put women in such uncomfortable positions, especially when several of them were his subordinates, is disrespectful, rude and quite simply a pig. But a man who would force nursing homes to take COVID-infected patients into their facilities, knowing how vulnerable most residents were and how easily the virus could be spread, is in a whole different league.

The fact that the media is only reporting on the allegations of sexual harassment while skating over the far more egregious charges against Cuomo is disturbing. California Rep. Tom McClintock, a Republican, joined Fox Business News’ Elizabeth MacDonald on Friday to offer his thoughts.

“The left applauded his actions when he was packing nursing homes with COVID infected patients and imposing one of the most brutal lockdowns in the country,” said McClintock. “While the truth is finally emerging that it’s cost thousands of lives and did nothing to slow the spread of the infection. Now, they [the left] can’t acknowledge that truth without admitting they were complicit.”

But, with the sexual harassment charges, “well, they can rid themselves of their Cuomo embarrassment without admitting their own duplicity and stupidity by endorsing his disastrous policies for nearly a year. So, I think it’s just a natural reaction of politicians CYAing.”

MacDonald noted that House Oversight Republicans are calling for Cuomo to testify. She asked McClintock, “Do you want to get a crack at Cuomo?”

“Well, I’d certainly like to hear his justification for policies that destroyed, not only the lives of thousands of people in nursing homes, but the lockdown policies.” he answered.

He continued, “Nationally, we’re seeing 192,000 excess deaths last year that cannot be explained by COVID or natural mortality. I’m afraid that’s the butcher’s bill for these lockdowns. Suicides, domestic homicides, drug and alcohol related deaths, delayed health screenings, delayed health treatments, poverty related deaths. There’s a lot the left has to answer for, so it doesn’t surprise me they’re trying to sweep all that under the rug by looking over here at the sexual harassment charges against Cuomo involving several women.

It was on January 28 that New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ shocking report appeared in The New York Times.

I posted about this news in The Western Journal, a conservative publication. I was surprised at how little interest there was in the story. James had accused the Cuomo Administration of “severely undercounting” the number of COVID-19 deaths among those in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent and very few people cared – on the left or on the right.

A month later, however, when the allegations of sexual harassment began to emerge, people paid attention and before too long, the calls for Cuomo’s resignation began.

As my WJ colleague C. Douglas Golden wrote on Sunday, “It’s kind of amazing that the number seven has made us forget about the number 12,743.”

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