CNN host Chris Cuomo has received some backlash in recent days for effectively ignoring the scandal that led to the resignation of his brother, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
He attracted some surprising support from Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, however, who said during a segment on Monday that the younger Cuomo should not be judged for coming to his brother’s aid amid a career-ending crisis.
“Let’s be real for a second”
The New York governor shook the political world on Tuesday with his announcement that he would step down over claims of sexual harassment.
For his part, Chris Cuomo apologized to his audience in May for participating in strategy calls meant to help his brother navigate the scandal. Although he vowed at the time not to get involved again, recent reports indicate that he counseled his brother to step down.
Carlson described the CNN host’s actions as “understandable,” indicating that his counterpart did the honorable thing in sticking by his family.
“Chris Cuomo’s coming under a lot of fire for helping his brother in the middle of this crisis,” the Fox News personality asserted. “Now, we can’t evaluate how true that is. But if it is true, let’s be real for a second. It’s understandable. It’s his brother. Your loyalty should be to your family above all else. Maybe even above your job. Maybe even above [CNN President] Jeff Zucker.”
Taking his argument further, Carlson declared: “If your brother calls and says, ‘I need help,’ if you don’t give him help because you’re pretending to be a news anchor on some stupid cable channel nobody watches, you’re betraying your brother, and that’s a greater sin than any of the dumb politics they es[ouse on that channel.”
“A threat to all of us”
The following night, Carlson likely shocked viewers again when he offered a defense of sorts for the New York governor.
Although he characterized the elder Cuomo as a “thug,” he denounced state Attorney General Letitia James for pursuing a “palace coup” typical of New York politics and said her report on the governor’s alleged harassment was a “political tract” riddled with contradictions.
Cuomo’s possible replacements, such as James herself, Rev. Al Sharpton, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, are even more unscrupulous than the outgoing governor, Carlson alleged.
He went on to assert that the attorney general’s partisan maneuver represents “a threat to all of us, even those of us who loathe Andrew Cuomo.”
Notably, Carlson seems to be treating the Cuomo brothers with more grace than many of those in the media who heralded Gov. Cuomo as a hero last year.