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[COMMENTARY] Twitter Debates Rage As Andrew Cuomo Refutes Accusations, Refuses to Resign

[UPDATE, TUESDAY 8/3/2021 at 5pm EST: PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS CALLED FOR GOVERNOR CUOMO TO RESIGN]

Just hours after the state attorney general’s office on Tuesday released a damning report that found he sexually harassed multiple women, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo forcefully denied the allegations and ignored renewed calls for his resignation. The facts “are much different” than those presented in the report, Cuomo said. The investigation found that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women current and former state employees, one of whom is a New York State trooper. It also found the governor and his team retaliated against a former employee for coming forward. The investigators detailed in graphic terms instances of harassment they say Cuomo perpetuated, including making sexual comments and grabbing women.

In a lengthy prepared statement streamed online, in which he singled out one of his accusers by name in order to respond to her claims, Cuomo said, “I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”

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Cuomo, a Democrat in his third term, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing since allegations against him were first made public earlier this year. Initially, in March, Cuomo acknowledged that he may have acted in ways that unintentionally made people feel uncomfortable and apologized. He also urged New Yorkers “to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion.” In recent months, however, Cuomo has grown more combative and said he “hadn’t harassed anybody.”

The Governor accused “others” of having fed “ugly stories to the press,” and said his attorney had prepared a public document that responds to all 11 of the women whose allegations were investigated by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office. In the document released Tuesday by Cuomo’s lawyer, Rita Glavin, Glavin claimed James’ office “directed an utterly biased investigation and willfully ignored evidence inconsistent with the narrative they have sought to weave from the outset.” She accused the investigators of having “ignored the Governor’s testimony and substantial corroborating evidence.”

In addition, he and his office have taken on an increasingly critical and aggressive posture against the probe being led by James, a fellow Democrat. “Harassment is not making someone feel uncomfortable — that is not harassment. If I just made you feel uncomfortable, that is not harassment. That’s you feeling uncomfortable,” Cuomo said in May.

Republicans were having a field day with the news while ignoring their own party’s troubles with the same exact issue. Democrats are unilaterally calling for Cuomo’s resignation, but that narrative is being conveniently ignored by the GOP, as are the very real sexual accusations against Matt Gaetz, Roy Moore, and Donald Trump, who were all trending on Twitter along with Cuomo. Rep. Elise Stefanik (Q-NY), who’s essentially become Trump but pregnant, was getting ratios for demanding Cuomo’s arrest instead of Gaetz’s.

We’ll be keeping an eye on this story and see if Cuomo finally caves to the pressure from both parties to do the right thing and resign.



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