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The ‘Cuomo Problem’ is Actually a Democratic Party Problem

    Disgraced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is enmeshed in a deadly nursing home scandal that keeps getting worse and worse. You wouldn’t know it from the biased media’s coverage.

    On Wednesday, the governor brazenly refused to resign admidst growing bi-partisan pressure, even as one day later the most damning evidence yet revealed he had actually ordered aides to remove data showing the true scale of his disastrous March executive order. This alone is an egregious criminal act worthy of resignation at a minimum.

    Meanwhile, a bevy of sexual harassment accusers have come forward to allege the governor attempted to kiss them, grope them, coax them into sexual favors, and even to play strip poker. On Saturday, two more women stepped forward. Former press aide Karen Hinton claims Cuomo asked her to come to his “dimly lit” hotel room and attempted to pull her back towards him when she refused. The incident allegedly occurred in 2000, when Cuomo was working in the Clinton cabinet.

    Another former aide, Ana Liss, now alleges that Cuomo kissed her hand and cheeks, called her “sweetheart,” and even touched her lower back on sundry occasions. The two new accusers say that Cuomo created a “hostile, toxic” workplace culture for decades. Two other former Cuomo aides, Lindsey Boylan, Charlotte Bennett, further corroborate Cuomo’s alleged pattern of scurrilous behavior. Yet another accuser, Anna Ruch, put a face to the terror of women who are the target of a man in power. She was photographed in a public setting with the governor pawing her face and making advances towards her.

    The news media would much rather seize upon these lascivious allegations than delve into the morose details of the governor’s fatal decree. As mentioned before, Governor Cuomo is not the only governor to issue such decrees: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz are also guilty of executing such deadly nursing home orders.

    The biased media would much rather focus on a “Cuomo problem” than a “Democratic Party problem.” The public imagination can be easily distracted by the visceral repugnation of seeing Andrew Cuomo caress a horrified young woman’s face if the alternative means fully countenancing the moral outrage of hidden, nameless victims succumbing to a viral epidemic stoked by the policies of reckless liberal politicians.

    It would take moral courage and a sincere concern for other citizens to plumb the depths of a scandal where thousands of victims tragically died years too soon. It would take a willingness to abandon one’s partisan proclivities for a moment and show true empathy beyond the empty slogans and vacuous hashtag virtue-signaling. It would take a willingness to admit that one was wrong about these falsely idolized Democratic governors and to concede that red state governors like Ron DeSantis were much more sensible and responsible.

    Modern liberals are emotionally ill-equipped to engage in such soul-searching. Their minds are overwhelmed with the emotional rush of following the leftist herd to wherever their manipulative shepherds in the biased media direct them.

    There is no dismissing the sickening allegations made by Cuomo’s five sexual harassment accusers. It is a story that cannot and should not be ignored. But at the same time, these #MeToo claims can easily be turned into #ThemToo claims.

    It is too easy for the Democratic loyalists in deep blue states like New York to displace their indignation about sexual harassment. It is easier to point the finger at unproven allegations made against Donald Trump, for example, than to challenge one’s own previously held beliefs about an idolized figure one had self-identified with. The Democratic Party faithful, like other partisans, perceive attacks on their leaders to be attacks on themselves. It creates a defense mechanism that short-circuits many scandals from gaining political traction.

    Indeed, public opinion polling suggests that most New Yorkers do not want Cuomo to resign. Even more disturbingly, only one-fifth of Democrats think that Cuomo’s scandalous actions merit stepping down, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

    “A majority of New Yorkers do not want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign as he faces dual scandals over allegations of sexual harassment and claims he hid the number of deaths of nursing home residents,” Politico reported. “Forty percent of voters said he should resign, while 55 percent said he should not. Most Democrats are sticking with him: Only 21 percent are saying he should leave office,” the report said.

    It makes one wonder what it would take for Democrats to demand that a blue state governor resign. While many of these Democrats simply prefer that Cuomo not run again for a fourth term, there is little evidence they disagree with Cuomo about his strong-armed policies, which have been disastrous for the state of New York.

    The often-vilified Florida Govenor Ron DeSantis is the perfect foil for lionized Democratic governors whose policies were both needlessly destructive and deadly. A recent Wall Street Journal editorial lays bare the disparity in media treatment, as well as the critical difference in results.

    “Gov. Ron DeSantis took a different approach and was pilloried,” Allysia Finley writes. “He was among the first to lift his state lockdown, adopting something resembling Sweden’s strategy of protecting the vulnerable while keeping businesses and schools open.”

    “More than 80% of Covid deaths in the U.S. have occurred among seniors over 65,” Finley points out. “They make up a larger share of Florida’s population than any other state except Maine. Based on demographics, Florida’s per-capita Covid death rate would be expected to be one of the highest in the country.”

    Yet what actually happened is an indictment of blue state governor’s oppressive lockdowns: In addition to violating American citizens’ rights, they also did not even get results.

    “Nope,” Finley adds. “Florida’s death rate is in the middle of the pack and only slightly higher than in California, which has a much younger population. Florida’s death rate among seniors is about 20% lower than California’s and 50% lower than New York’s, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data (emphasis added).”

    There is further evidence that Governor Cuomo’s mandates were unpopular outside of intractably stubborn progressives’ point-of-view.

    Cuomo’s capricious dictates led to a mass exodus of New Yorkers, which was second in the nation in people fleeing, trailing only New Jersey. It is a phenomenon similar to what America has experienced with political refugees throughout the decades it remained a beacon of freedom. When it comes to socialist authoritarian regimes, when people’s votes no longer matter, they vote with their feet. It is also the case with increasingly socialist states within the United States, like New York, New Jersey, and California.

    Governor Cuomo’s scandals are not merely a cautionary tale about a callous egomaniac. It is also about the biased media, whose refusal to hold Democratic politicians properly accountable make them feel “untouchable,” in the words of Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett.

    It is also about the Democratic Party, whose leaders mandated reckless policies that literally killed people. Judging from the reaction of Democratic Party voters, they simply do not care.


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