At a speaking engagement at Brooklyn’s Battalion of Prayer Church last week, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed “cancel culture” rather than his own actions for the sexual harassment scandal that ultimately led to his resignation last year.
Cuomo, who was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women whose allegations were corroborated by an investigation by New York Attorney General Leticia James’ office, credited his demise from political office to “political sharks” who “smelled blood” and pounced on him for their own careers.
CUOMO SPEAKS OUT: Former Gov Andrew Cuomo says he was undemocratically forced out of his seat because of cancel culture. The state AG brought 11 violations against him in August. He says 6 months later, not a single allegation has proven to constitute a violation of law @News12BK pic.twitter.com/SIcoijqj2H
— Carolyn Blackburne (@cblackburne) March 6, 2022
The one-time Democratic superstar, who was presented by the media as the left’s answer to President Donald Trump at the beginning of the pandemic, used talking points about “cancel culture” more typically employed by his former counterparts on the right.
“With cancel culture, we now live in a frightening new world where any accusation can trigger condemnation without facts, without due process. We are a nation of laws – not a nation of tweets,” Cuomo said, according to The Hill. “Social media and Twitter spread cancel culture like a virus. They allow the extreme minority to overpower the reasonable majority.”
The unremorseful former governor also revealed that he’d had a “difficult period” over the last few months.
“I resigned as governor, the press roasted me, my colleagues were ridiculed, my brother was fired, it was ugly. It was the first time that I was glad that my father wasn’t here so he didn’t have to see it,” he said, referring to his brother Chris Cuomo and father, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.
Chris Cuomo, formerly the top-rated anchor at CNN, was fired by the network after it came to light that he had been using his contacts to help his brother get ahead of damaging stories surrounding the sex scandal. Chris Cuomo had previously been banned from interviewing his brother after he admitted to working with the former governor’s office to help craft its public relations response to the initial allegations.
The Cuomo scandal at CNN launched a probe which has also resulted in the resignation of former president Jeff Zucker over an undisclosed relationship he had with another executive, Allison Gollust, who was herself subsequently ousted after it was revealed she’d been allowing former Governor Andrew Cuomo to pick his own interview questions during his well-rated appearances on the network in the early days of the pandemic.
In Brooklyn this month, meanwhile, Cuomo maintained his own innocence against allegations of sexual harassment, repeating his previously cited excuse that he is old-fashioned or out of touch.
“No one ever told me I made them feel uncomfortable and I never sensed that I caused any discomfort to anyone, I was trying to do the opposite. But I understand that was my error,” he said.
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