In keeping with his obstinate posture of denial and deflection, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come up with a new excuse for his woes: cancel culture.
Yes, Albany’s tyrant, accused now by seven women of sexual harassment, the target of a federal investigation into underreporting COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, asked to resign by the majority of New York house Democrats and the National Organization for Women, abandoned by the New York Times, New York magazine and other house organs of the left-leaning media, subject of a just-opened police investigation in Albany — yes, Andrew Cuomo is simply a victim of the woke mob (e.g. crazy, hysterical ladies).
“People know the difference between playing to politics, bowing to cancel culture and the truth,” Cuomo said Friday afternoon.
This is as laughable as his brother Chris’s claim last week that to cover his brother’s scandals would be journalistically unethical — despite Chris hosting Andrew on CNN constantly during the pandemic’s height.
“Politicians who don’t know a single fact but yet form a conclusion and an opinion are, in my opinion, reckless and dangerous,” Cuomo said. “The people of New York should not have confidence in a politician who takes an opinion without knowing any facts or substance.”
Says the man who demanded Eric Schneiderman immediately resign after abuse claims, no investigation necessary. Says the man who insisted that Brett Kavanaugh needed to take a lie detector test.
Clearly, Andrew Cuomo still considers himself America’s hero. Remember “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” — the quickie book he wrote in the middle of this nightmare, New York among the worst-hit in the country, pocketing a reported seven-figure advance despite dead bodies stacked in unrefrigerated trucks and buried in mass graves here?
Square that circle.
Yet this guy, his delusions Shakespearean, seems to believe — as politically hobbled as he is, potentially criminally — that New York somehow needs him and his multiple, mushrooming scandals.
Haven’t we suffered enough?
Andrew Cuomo is the worst kind of self-congratulatory, self-identified male feminist, one willing to “believe all women” only if it’s politically advantageous.
God made him a feminist, Cuomo has said, “when he gave me three daughters.”
Imagine if any of Cuomo’s daughters — all similar ages to some of his accusers — had a boss who pulled one fraction of what Cuomo’s accused of doing. Think Cuomo would give him due process? Pity the state trooper reassigned to the Canadian border last year for dating Cuomo’s then 25-year-old daughter.
Yes, the actions of a father respectful of a grown woman’s autonomy.
Here’s the upshot: If Cuomo resigns now, we may not know the worst of it.
And really, we should know the worst of it.