A growing and bipartisan list of public officials are calling on embattled Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down or face impeachment amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has not yet joined that group, she recently said that Cuomo should face swift justice if an investigation corroborates his accusers’ stories, according to Breitbart.
In recent days, Pelosi has joined other high-profile Democrats — including President Joe Biden — in cautiously giving the governor the benefit of the doubt as he faces accusations from several women, including former staffers in his office.
During an MSNBC interview this week, however, Pelosi insisted that she still holds a “zero tolerance” stance against such allegations.
She went on to intimate that Cuomo should stop down if the claims against him are proven valid, suggesting that the governor should be the one to make that call.
“We have zero tolerance for the behavior that is alleged against the governor,” Pelosi said, according to Breitbart. “Again, I think he is a supporter of zero tolerance in terms of sexual harassment. So, it would follow that if you have zero tolerance, then that would, again, be a decision that we hope [Cuomo] would make.”
The California Democrat asserted that “people have to unlearn some bad behavior,” reiterating that “if these allegations are proven to be true, then zero tolerance would follow that the governor should not continue.”
“It should be investigated”
For his part, Biden called for Cuomo to receive due process, but had some tough talk for the governor if he is shown to be guilty of the behavior described by his accusers.
“It takes a lot of courage for a woman to come forward,” the president said, according to the New York Post. “Some are not, anyway — it takes a lot of courage to come forward. So, the presumption is they should be taken seriously. And it should be investigated. And that’s what’s underway now.”
Not only did Biden say that Cuomo should resign if an investigation corroborates the allegations, but he also said the governor would “probably end up being prosecuted too.”
The governor attempted to dismiss Biden’s comments during a press briefing on Wednesday, calling on his critics to “find out the facts and take it from there.”
Pelosi’s counterpart on Capitol Hill, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has gone on the record in calling for Cuomo to step down, declaring that “it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York,” as CBS News reports.