While Governor Andrew Cuomo might think that he is the leader of New York – if not also the unofficial King – it looks like this might be another case of the emperor with no clothes.
That’s because Cuomo’s critics are ripping into him for his apparent “glee in public adulation” amid the ongoing pandemic that has been the coronavirus and his multiple harassment allegations.
In fact, host of Last Week Tonight John Oliver pulled no punches in his rebuke of the New York governor. Here’s what you need to know.
John Oliver Rips Into Andrew Cuomo Over His Harassment Scandal
Oliver has made it no secret that he has always been a critic of Andrew Cuomo and quite critical of some of the things he’s done in the past. In recent weeks two women have come forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment and he’s also facing criticism for allegedly underreporting nursing home coronavirus deaths by as much as 50 percent to avoid federal scrutiny.
For Oliver, he feels as though there is “something gross” about the way Cuomo has presented himself this past year, and especially when New York was at the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Even before the current scandals, there was something gross about Cuomo’s glee in his public adulation last year,” Oliver said. “From his constant appearance with his brother on CNN to him cosigning on the term ‘Cuomosexuals’ — the only sexual orientation, by the way, it is completely acceptable to discriminate against.”
What’s more, Oliver noted that some of the press conferences for which he received high praise now “play a little differently after everything we’ve learned,” especially when it comes to the “facts” that Cuomo loves to tout.
“OK, the thing is, it’s hard to follow the facts if the people in charge of those facts are actively withholding them from you,” he said. “As far as advice goes, it’s basically as useful as a bully saying, ‘stop hitting yourself’ in that in both cases, yeah, I’d really like to, the thing is some a—–e won’t let me!”
So far Andrew Cuomo himself has not responded to any of the criticism.
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