On Sunday, President Biden spoke out about the recent allegations toward Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York. Biden, who has been silent on the matter up until this point, has not called on the Governor to resign.
Biden held an unscheduled Q&A session in the South Lawn of the White House, after multiple top Democrats have voiced their concerns with the Governor’s behavior toward many women in his circles. Seven women have now come out accusing Cuomo of sexual misconduct, plunging him deeper into hot water. Biden was asked about the Cuomo situation, and as to whether or not he would call on Cuomo’s immediate resignation. The President responded, “I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us.”
Speaker Pelosi has already spoken up about the allegations, saying she has a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. However, she too refused to definitively call on the Governor to resign. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Chuck Schumer have called on Andrew Cuomo to step down from his position as New York governor. In addition, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Representative Jerry Nadler have both echoed this sentiment as well. Furthermore, nearly 90% of New York’s congressional delegation has called for the governor’s resignation or impeachment, as have more than 80% of state senators.
Just last week, the State Assembly took the first steps toward a possible impeachment over the governor’s destructive nursing home policies, which resulted in the death of thousands of elderly patients. Cuomo has been compliant with the ongoing investigation, telling New York Attorney General Letita James that he will “fully cooperate” with her investigation probe. Despite this and the many calls for his resignation, the New York Governor has made no plans to step down. In a press call on Friday afternoon, Governor Cuomo said that he is innocent, claiming that he “did not do what has been alleged.”
President Joe Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’ previous silence on the matter raised many eyebrows, and brought into question the judgement of the executive authorities. Former aide to, and accuser of Governor Cuomo Lindsey Boylan, took a stab at both the President and Vice President in a recently deleted tweet. She writes, “It also calls into question the judgement and courage of both @POTUS and @KamalaHarris.” Boylan continued on Twitter, stating, “The governor has denied all wrongdoing…He got on his platform today and said ‘there are many motivations of why people do things.’ He is calling up hate and speculation to be directed to his accusers. All harm and hate directed at the women sits squarely on @NYGovCuomo.”
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