In a Thursday edition of “The View,” co-host Meghan McCain predicted that the political career of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is done and called out Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for an apparent double standard in her response to similar claims against Justice Brett Cavanaugh.
During the show, McCain said that it is time to “stick a fork” in Cuomo’s career as governor of the Empire State.
ANDREW CUOMO APOLOGIZES, REFUSES TO RESIGN: The embattled New York governor ended his COVID-19 press briefing Wednesday by breaking his silence about the multiple claims of sexual misconduct against him—the co-hosts react. https://t.co/r24iI74fWF pic.twitter.com/thl1goxukC
— The View (@TheView) March 4, 2021
McCain then turned her attention to Gillibrand, who staunchly opposed now-Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination after sexual misconduct allegations were made against him by Christine Blasey Ford.
“Enough is enough,” Gillibrand said at the time. “One credible sexual assault claim should have been too many to get a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court and make decisions that will affect millions of women’s lives for generations. Two is an embarrassment. It’s time for a new nominee.”
Enough is enough. One credible sexual assault claim should have been too many to get a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court and make decisions that will affect millions of women’s lives for generations. Two is an embarrassment. It’s time for a new nominee.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) September 24, 2018
Gillibrand also stood as the first Democrat in the Senate to call for the resignation of then-Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) amid his own sexual assault scandal.
“Kirsten Gillibrand, if, quote, ‘one critical assault claim is enough’, as you said — and as Joy [Behar] keeps pointing out with Al Franken,” McCain stated, “why is one claim enough for Brett Kavanaugh and for Al Franken, but it’s not good enough for Cuomo?”
“You’re real silent, real silent, senator. You’ve got nothing say about this … The hypocrisy can last all day, but I’m so over Cuomo,” McCain added.
While Sen. Gillibrand hasn’t been nearly as vocal as she was against past politicians accused of sexual abuse, she did say in several statements that the accusations against Cuomo were “serious and deeply concerning” and that the three women “who have come forward have shown tremendous courage,” according to Fox News.
Although Gillibrand has said that the claims against Cuomo are “completely unacceptable” and called for a full investigation, she stopped short of demanding his resignation as she had done with similar leaders in the past.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has made similar statements, expressing concern over the allegations but not calling for Cuomo to resign.
“The allegations that have been made … are serious [and] very troubling,” he said, according to The Hill. “I’ve always believed that sexual harassment is not acceptable and must not be tolerated.”
As of this writing, three women have accused the three-term governor of sexual harassment or making unwanted advances.
“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo told reporters at the Wednesday news conference cited on “The View.” “It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it and frankly, I am embarrassed by it. I never touched anyone inappropriately.”
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