Reviews | Why Cuomo’s #MeToo moment didn’t bring him down


Allegations of sexual harassment are not the only scandal plaguing the governor. In January, the New York Attorney General published a report concluding that his administration had underestimated Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes by several thousand, leading the FBI and a federal prosecutor to open an investigation. When New York Assembly member Ron Kim publicly criticized Mr. Cuomo over it, Kim said Mr. Cuomo called him and threatened to “destroy” him. The scandal escalated when The temperature and The Wall Street Journal reported that governor’s aides altered the death toll long before Mr Cuomo had previously acknowledged it.

For many New Yorkers, this is the most reprehensible scandal. While only 32 percent say They are not happy with the way Mr Cuomo has handled the sexual assault allegations, 66% say they do not approve of the way his administration has handled the data from the retirement home. “What matters here is moral prioritization”, Steve Cuozzo writing for the New York Post. “Progressives clearly view life and death crimes as secondary to those involving shady appearances.”

But for reporter Rebecca Traister, the two scandals are actually one story about Mr. Cuomo’s abuse of power and mismanagement: “After years of ruthless tactics, deployed both within his office and against anyone he saw as a opponent, critic or competitor for authority, Cuomo fostered a culture that supports harassment, cruelty, and deception. As a former staff member told him, “The same attitude that encourages you to target a 25-year-old also encourages you to clean up a nursing home report.

For Democrats, the remembrance of Al Franken’s resignation Senate in 2018 without an investigation may play a role in their opposition to Mr. Cuomo’s ouster. “Twitter is full of people demanding that the party not be ‘Franken’ Cuomo, and stressing that Republicans are taking no action to investigate suspected sexual harassers within their own ranks, including the freshman congressman. Madison Cawthorn“, Michelle Goldberg writing. “At one point, making sacrifices to show virtue in the face of opposition that doesn’t have it makes a lot of Democrats feel like suckers.”

Reluctance may also have as much to do with partisanship as it does with evolving norms about what due process should look like when allegations of sexual misconduct go to the court of public opinion. “I think we are moving and moving fast as a country on how to respond to these issues, but the truth is we have not had a national consensus,” Terri Poore, policy director of the National Alliance for end sexual violence, Recount The Washington Post.

For Dahlia Lithwick, reporter at Slate, this development is a good thing. “Refusing to come to immediate and irrevocable conclusions is not so much a repudiation of #MeToo as an acknowledgment that serious problems require due process and sober,” she said. writing. “It’s not a failure of the left or a double standard. It is a recognition that facts are important, that they are discernible, and that it takes more patience than the blinking of a news cycle allows.

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