Andrew Cuomo has resigned as the Governor of New York, and all I can think is that Trump is celebrating another takedown. It’s no secret that Cuomo and Trump despise each other, or that Trump knows Cuomo would never pardon him from the imminent state indictments heading his way.
Eleven women, who worked for Governor Cuomo in various capacities, said they experienced unwanted sexual and romantic advances from Governor Cuomo. I believe in victims. Sexual harassment has been commonplace since women entered the workforce. Though the Civil Rights Act of 1964 offers protection against it, victims often face repercussions if they report it.
I don’t think my experience is unique, but I’ll tell you regardless that I’ve worked in toxic environments and experienced sexual harassment, more than once. I will not minimize it. And an employee is less likely to report to their boss than to report a co-worker because the fear of unemployment and the loss of health insurance benefits that goes along with it are real. I know what it’s like to put effort into avoiding being alone with someone and asking co-workers for backup. It’s not fun. I’ve often wondered if harassers think their victim welcomes the attention, or if exerting power and instilling fear is a game for them. Unless you’ve been on the receiving end and felt the awkwardness, experienced the feeling of powerlessness, and the anxiety the situation creates, you may not consider it a big deal. It is. It’s against the law for a reason.
Having said that, it is possible that the allegations are true AND that it was a hit-job that can be traced back to Trump. I do believe this was politically motivated.
Former Senator Al Franken comes to mind. He resigned under the pressure of his party without the benefit of an investigation. His crime was an act of juvenile humor that was captured in a staged photo while he was on a USO comedy tour. Franken’s accuser not only hurt Franken, but she took him out of the Senate, and Democrats have suffered from his loss. Additionally, false accusation makes it harder for those with credible complaints. Roger Stone was behind that hit.
The problem I have with the news of Cuomo’s resignation is not a question of veracity. I am suspicious because the investigation concluded at the speed of light in comparison to another case in New York. Donald Trump has been under investigation for years. E. Jean Carol has Trump’s DNA on the dress she wore when he “allegedly” raped her. That investigation is moving at a snail’s pace. Why are Republican investigations not dealt with at the same urgency? Let’s prioritize investigations, putting rape above harassment. An ever-fluctuating number of women have accused Trump of rape. The number of victims changes because they and their families are threatened.
Incidentally, California Governor Gavin Newsom is also on Trump’s hit list. His “recall” and the other attacks against him are as suspicious as the timing of Cuomo’s accusations.
Nothing happens as fast as a Democratic politician takedown. Holding them accountable for their misdeeds is a good thing. Now do Trump, Madison Cawthorn, SCOTUS Brett Kavanaugh, Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, and the rest.
What happens now? New York’s Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will serve out the rest of Cuomo’s term, which ends in 2023.
A positive note is Hochul will be New York’s first female governor. Where does she stand on the investigations into Trump? She is a Democrat, so I assume she won’t change course.
As disappointing as I was to hear the accusations because I thought Cuomo was great at his job. An enemy of Trump’s is a fan of mine. He did his job well. He took Covid by the throat in New York, if you remember, it was the nation’s hot spot in the early months. As far as nursing home deaths, it’s telling that the media has only focussed on the death toll in New York and New Jersey.