New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) once again faces calls for his resignation, even from high-profile members of his own party, but this time they come in the wake of a bombshell investigation that found 11 women who accused him of sexual misconduct to be credible.
According to Breitbart, adding to Cuomo’s worries are calls not only for his resignation or impeachment but also for criminal charges. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) was one of the first prominent Democrats to suggest that Cuomo should face criminal consequences for his alleged behavior.
“That sounds criminal to me”
De Blasio held nothing back in his response to New York Attorney General Letitia James’ findings from a five-month investigation into the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, made by a staggering 11 women, many of whom were Cuomo’s former staffers or aides.
The NYC mayor said Cuomo’s alleged actions are “textbook sexual harassment, and then unfortunately, making it worse, in some cases, even sexual assault, disgusting and troubling and unacceptable and he needs to leave office immediately.”
The mayor added that he believes Cuomo should resign immediately or face impeachment, but said in addition that, “any assault on a woman, you should face criminal charges. But if you, on top of that, used your power and position to think you could cover up the assault, well, that sounds criminal to me.”
“He should resign. If he won’t resign, he should be impeached as quickly as possible by the state legislature. He can’t govern. He can’t govern,” de Blasio said during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday.
De Blasio went on to point out what many believe to be an even more egregious scandal with regard to Cuomo’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting deaths of thousands of nursing home patients, saying, “I mean, this guy is past the point of no return. He can’t govern. He just has to go.”
More Democrats agree
Typically, prominent Democrats are shielded by both the mainstream media and their high-profile Democratic allies in the face of scandal, but the seriousness of Cuomo’s alleged actions have cost him the support of not only the usually-fawning media but also heavy-hitters like President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and several others.
During a televised press conference regarding COVID-19 updates, just hours after James released the findings of her independent investigation, Biden was asked whether he stands behind his original claim that Cuomo should resign from office if the investigation found wrongdoing.
“He should resign,” the president said, as CNBC reported.
According to Fox News, Pelosi echoed Biden’s thoughts on the situation, saying clearly, “Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign.”
Cuomo responded to the investigation’s results in what many criticized as a cringeworthy attempt to wiggle out of the scandal. In his defense, Cuomo used a slideshow of photos in an attempt to prove that he has a long history of greeting people with a kiss or close embrace, suggesting that his actions were completely harmless.