Embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) confirmed over the weekend that he will not be resigning from his post despite mounting pressure from both sides of the political aisle.
During an address to the media on Sunday, Cuomo called the push for him to step down amid claims of sexual misconduct “anti-democratic” and suggested that it stands against the will of voters in New York, the Daily Wire reported.
According to the New York Post, the governor’s defiant tone comes after no less than five women have come forward to accuse him of sexual harassment.
Cuomo is also under fire over reports that his administration grossly underreported the number of coronavirus-related deaths in New York’s nursing homes last year.
“Elected by the people”
In a Sunday conference call, Cuomo said the “premise” of him resigning over the sexual harassment allegations “is actually anti-democratic.”
“Anybody has the ability to make an allegation in a democracy, and that’s great. But it’s in the credibility of the allegation,” he insisted, according to the New York Post.
Cuomo was clear that “there is no way” he’ll resign, saying that while “every woman has a right to come forward,” the “truth also matters.”
“I was elected by the people of the state. I wasn’t elected by politicians,” the governor said, as the Daily Wire reported. “I’m not going to resign because of allegations.”
Unfortunately for Cuomo, he had to learn the hard way that Republicans were on to something when they insisted that serious allegations of sexual misconduct need to be backed up by evidence.
As an American, Cuomo is entitled to due process, and he may even be right in his decision not to resign over these claims. But notably, that’s not the tune the governor was singing when the nation was embroiled in controversy over then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
As the now-justice stood accused of sexual assault — claims that were never proven — Cuomo issued a message to “all survivors” and called Kavanaugh’s confirmation process a “sham,” saying:
We believe you and we will fight for you. The sham FBI investigation and the bigger sham, this confirmation process, have energized us to fight even harder for our shared vision for a better future for all.
Maybe it’s time for Cuomo to issue the GOP an apology.