March 17, 2021
It’s hard to think of a faster fall from grace for such a widely celebrated politician.
Last summer, Governor Andrew Cuomo was polling just behind Barack Obama as the second most trustworthy Democrat in America. For the Left, that’s like being a Catholic who’s compared with the Pope. Cuomo crossed over into being a celebrity. He got an Emmy for his daily COVID-19 briefings and a publisher paid him more than a million dollars for his pandemic “leadership” book.
It even got weird… The governor’s superfans coined the term “Cuomosexual” and corporate media referred to him as the “Love Gov.” Chatter was tossed around green rooms that Cuomo might even throw his hat in the ring of the 2020 Democrat presidential primary at the very last minute. He became the anti-Trump… a guy who was showing the country how to beat the pandemic while also preparing to beat the sitting president.
Now, the Governor of New York will be lucky if he makes it through the month with his job.
Cuomo is under siege, surrounded on all sides, and the forces demanding his ouster are closing in… The many political enemies he made over the years are sensing weakness, and they’re pouncing.
It’s been an astonishing turnabout for a man who not long ago was doing victory laps on his brother’s CNN show, making jokes about oversized Q-tips and who their mom liked more growing up.
The list of Democrats who have publicly called for Cuomo to resign keeps growing. Senator Chuck Schumer — the most powerful national level politician in New York State – wants him out. So does a majority of New York State’s congressional delegation, including Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ditto for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, whom we all remember was the one who pushed then Senator Al Franken off the proverbial cliff for sexual misconduct allegations.
Meanwhile, the number of named sexual harassment accusers against Cuomo keeps growing. Currently six women have come forward, all telling similar-sounding stories of a governor who liked to harass women and leverage his power for sexual access. There have even been some shared lurid details (Cuomo’s obsession with his hand size) that add to the creepiness factor. And there could also be more allegations still coming…
In response to all this, Cuomo remains defiant. He says he won’t bow to “cancel culture,” which is an absurd defense. This is not about a beloved children’s book that fails to meet the standards of wokeness or the handsy antics of a French cartoon skunk. These are credible allegations from numerous women who are alleging behavior that, while not necessarily criminal in conduct, definitely crosses the line into inappropriate.
And this isn’t even the worst part… The corporate media and the Democrat Party are fixated on the “me too” allegations against Cuomo. But the gravest offense that Cuomo committed while governor has nothing to do sexual harassment… It’s the New York nursing-home catastrophe. His directive may well have resulted in hundreds of deaths.
An executive order he signed on March 25, 2020 forced senior housing facilities to take back COVID-19 positive patients. Cuomo put thousands of geriatric New Yorkers in mortal peril. His order was autocratic, reckless, and unthinkably stupid. How hard could it be to know that sending seniors with COVID into nursing homes full of other seniors would pose an unthinkably high risk of lethal transmission?
To make matters worse, as I wrote about last month in American Consequences, there’s ample evidence that Cuomo and his goon squad of gubernatorial aides intentionally under-reported the actual death toll in the nursing homes by 50%. (More than 15,000 people have died in New York state’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities from COVID-19, but the state reported only 8,500 deaths.) That’s not an honest math error… It’s fraud. His senior aide is on tape confessing they hid the number for political reasons. And now there’s a federal investigation underway.
Cuomo simply shouldn’t be in charge of the fourth largest state in America. But he absolutely refuses to go. He is one of those politicians who lives for the office he holds. Cuomo defines himself by power, and cannot imagine his future without it.
The great bully of Albany is going to use every trick in the book — all the coercion, manipulation, favor trading, threats, and scheming — that he has learned during a lifetime of state politics. He knows stepping down would be the end of his career as well as his legacy, so that’s not going to happen. They will have to impeach and remove him, and it’s going to be like pulling a honey badger out of its den.
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So will that happen? It’s all going to come down to whether Democrats on the New York legislature decide that the wrath of the Empire State’s tyrant is less threatening than the implosion of whatever credibility Democrats have when it comes to the “believe women” narrative.
The odds are moving against Cuomo… But never count out a New York guy who fights dirty and has nothing left to lose.
The reader feedback e-mails have been flooding in from Jason Rantz’s daily: “Antifa’s Violence Needs to be Condemned, Not Ignored.” We’re sharing two of them today…
Thank you for standing up for no fake news and simply reporting what’s going on. In this day and age, it’s so important to report the facts instead of being silent or reporting with rose-colored glasses on! Thank you and keep up the good work! – Chris K.
Jason Rantz Response: Thanks, Chris. It’s baffling that some outlets or personalities continue to pretend Antifa doesn’t exist. Just this week on The View, Joy Behar said Antifa is imaginary. Antifa make it very easy to label them… They wave a flag, they wear black-bloc uniforms, they literally chant “ANTIFA,” and when you look up activists on Twitter, they self-identify as Antifa or anti-fascist. This doesn’t take deep-dive detective work to figure out.
Your article was as usual, fact free on proof that Antifa was involved in any of the demonstrations mentioned. And you ignore that on the other hand Quanon followers are happy to regale all with the source of their delusions. And further, the demonstrators you mention are concerned with real life events, not Jewish lasers from outer space, and pedos in the basements of pizza parlors that don’t have basements. – Jan S.
Jason Rantz Response: This is classic gaslighting… If Jan doesn’t think Antifa exists, then Jan shouldn’t think QAnon exists. But Jan picks and chooses what to acknowledge by filtering it through an ideological lens. So let’s be clear, Antifa exists, just like believers in QAnon conspiracies exist. And political violence of all kinds — coming from the Left, Right, or Center — is wrong and should be punished.
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With Editorial Staff
March 17, 2021