As Sexual misconduct claims pile up against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on top of the already troubling nursing home scandal, President Joe Biden refused to condemn the fellow Democrats’ actions.
When faced with a rare question from a reporter on the White House lawn about the issue, Biden failed to denounce Cuomo’s wrongdoings. “Do you think Governor Andrew Cuomo should resign?” the reporter asked.
“I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us,” Biden responded, dancing around the question.
Cuomo is accused of kissing an aide at work, asking female aides about their sex lives, and of reaching under a woman’s blouse and “aggressively groping” her. Coincidentally, Biden shares a similar history, having been accused of sexually assaulting a former aide when he was a U.S. Senator.
In 2018, during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, Biden said that when a woman comes forward with allegations that those allegations should be believed – apparently, he meant only when the allegations are being levied against a Republican.
“For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time,” Biden said. “But nobody fails to understand that this is like jumping into a cauldron.”
The left-wing outlet, Associated Press attempted to run interference on behalf of the Democratic party over the issue in a report late last week, claiming that Republicans were trying to weaponize the allegations.
“The escalating political crisis has spawned an impeachment inquiry in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and threatens to cast a cloud over President Joe Biden’s early days in office,” The Associated Press wrote.
“Republicans have seized on the scandal to try to distract from Biden’s success tackling the coronavirus pandemic and challenge his party’s well-established advantage with female voters.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to state on Friday whether Biden thought that Cuomo should resign.
“The President believes that every woman who’s come forward — there have now been six, I believe, who have come forward — deserves to have her voice heard, should be treated with respect, and should be able to tell her story,” Psaki said.
“There also is an independent investigation that is ongoing, of course, in the state, with subpoena power overseen by the attorney general, and he certainly supports that moving forward. We, of course, have watched the news of a number of lawmakers call for that, but I don’t have any additional announcements from here.”
Vice President Kamala Harris also ignored a question from a reporter last week on whether she thought that Cuomo should step down. Harris previously said that she “believe[d]” the women who made allegations against Biden.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated repeatedly on Sunday that she has “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment – but also fell short of calling on Cuomo to resign.
Both U.S. Democratic senators from New York – Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand – have joined the growing chorus of lawmakers calling on Cuomo to resign as a seventh woman has come forward accusing the governor of some form of sexual harassment or inappropriate touching.
“I said there’s zero tolerance for sexual harassment and we have taken measures in the House of Representatives – very strong measures – under leadership of Rep. Jackie Speier of California,” Pelosi began during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
Speier will chair a hearing of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee on Tuesday to examine ways to reform sexual harassment allegations in the military following the murder of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen.
Pelosi, referencing Cuomo, continued, “What I said at the time that these revelations came forward, I said what these women have said must be treated with respect, they are credible and serious charges, and that I called for an investigation.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating harassment allegations, and Cuomo has reportedly said he will “fully cooperate” with her probe.