When thousands of New Yorkers died in nursing homes, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded by covering up his role in the tragedy. As the governor suffers a precipitous fall from grace, one liberal TV host is advising he take the same approach with a burgeoning sex scandal.
With the embattled governor facing calls to resign, The View’s Joy Behar said that Democrats should simply “ignore everything” until the scandal fades, Fox News reported.
Cuomo was already plagued by growing scrutiny of his efforts to hide nursing home deaths when three women accused him of sexual harassment recently.
“Republican playbook” ignores harassment
Behar had a cynical response to his woes, however, saying a see-no-evil approach to sexual harassment is part of the “Republican playbook” that Democrats should not hesitate to adopt.
“The Republican playbook is, let’s hope that this goes away, and let’s not really go into it,” Behar said, referring to sexual assault claims against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“We should use the Republican playbook because the Democrats do the opposite. A case in point, [with] Al Franken, Senator [Kirsten] Gillibrand [said] off with his head immediately, you know, he needs to resign, and a lot of Democrats got behind it,” she continued.
Behar’s response is not terribly surprising. Back in September, she defended Cuomo against criticism of his nursing home scandal from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Cuomo refuses to resign
While the scandal was well-known for months, it was mostly criticized by conservatives and did not begin receiving serious media attention until recently.
The media is suddenly acting stunned by Cuomo’s turn of fortunes, after making him out to be a superhero in glowing press coverage of his COVID response that saw him receive an Emmy for his “leadership” and fawning adulation from self-described “Cuomosexuals.”
Cuomo has never taken responsibility for the nursing home deaths, and he refused to resign Wednesday while apologizing for his “embarrassing” behavior with women, Fox News reported.
“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it,” Cuomo said.