It’s the tip of an period. A groping period? That’s allegedly what’s been happening with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who introduced that he’s stepping down from his place, a yr after he led New York out of the primary pandemic wave. This transfer arrives after latest damning developments, together with the governor’s response to the New York Legal professional Normal’s workplace launch of a 165-page report that summarized the sexual harassment investigation towards him (together with a declare that he groped a state trooper on his element). After which Cuomo (arguably) made it worse for himself by rolling out a montage of him touching and kissing individuals. This was his tried protection, whereas he tried to say that he wasn’t a groper, a touchy-feely-kind-of dude. Yikes.
The ill-advised photograph montage (which was preceded by the gaslighting of his alleged victims) even supplied loads of ammunition for Fox Information to seize the ball and run into towards the tip zone.
It was an virtually universally panned transfer. As HBO’s John Oliver put it, “It’s frankly unbelievable that Cuomo thought releasing an irrelevant montage of images would someway exonerate him. Apparently his technique for actually any disaster is ‘Put collectively a PowerPoint, and that’s it.’” Yep, and since all of this backfired (and maybe additionally on account of a contemporary investigative report from Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker), Cuomo noticed the writing on the wall and resigned in a speech that he streamed on the governor’s web site.
NY Gov. Cuomo resigns:
“I feel that given the circumstances, one of the simplest ways I can assist now’s if I step apart and let authorities get again to authorities, and due to this fact that is what I am going to do, as a result of I give you the results you want, and doing the proper factor, is doing the proper factor for you.” pic.twitter.com/AjJJMjKYnX
— NBC Information (@NBCNews) August 10, 2021
Right here’s a part of what Cuomo mentioned whereas stating that he was “too conversant in individuals” but never admitting to wrongdoing:
“This is without doubt one of the most difficult occasions for presidency in a era. Authorities actually must perform in the present day, authorities must carry out. It’s a matter of life and dying authorities operations. And losing power on distractions is the very last thing that state authorities must be doing. And I cannot be the reason for that…. I feel that given the circumstances, one of the simplest ways I can assist now’s if I step apart and let authorities get again to authorities, and due to this fact that’s what I’ll do, as a result of I give you the results you want, and doing the proper factor, is doing the proper factor for you.”
Cuomo’s resignation can be efficient in 14 days with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul coming into view as his successor.
Effectively naturally, persons are shedding their minds and can’t consider that Cuomo is definitely stepping away after showing to dig his heels in for the lengthy haul. Cuomo did so dramatically (and with out taking possession of his alleged actions), and other people observed.
HOLY FUCKING SHIT ANDREW CUOMO IS RESIGNING
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) August 10, 2021
fuckin three-act construction to this resignation my god
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) August 10, 2021
He resigned. Which is the proper choice, however with out taking precise accountability for his actions.
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 10, 2021
For the primary time in my grownup life New York may have a non-pervert governor
— The Give Sensible Man (it is again!) (@BobbyBigWheel) August 10, 2021
“Cuomo mentioned he is aware of individuals have boundaries,” probably the most telling Twitter reactions declared. “He additionally advised us all he loves us.” Yup.
Cuomo mentioned he is aware of individuals have boundaries. He additionally advised us all he loves us.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) August 10, 2021
CUOMO LOVES YOU SO HE’S QUITTING
— Melissa Gira Grant (on e-book go away) (@melissagira) August 10, 2021
And on a extra severe observe… (with Dan Reasonably getting the final phrase):
After a masterclass in victim-blaming and gaslighting, @NYGovCuomo has lastly resigned.
We have been calling for this since March. It took survivors having to relive and recount their trauma by the hands of a person in energy for Cuomo to step down.
It should not need to be this fashion.
— Girls’s March (@womensmarch) August 10, 2021
Cuomo resigns. Sexual predators are sexual predators. Purple or blue would not apply.
— Michelle says “Get your fucking shot” (@RageMichelle) August 10, 2021
Cuomo resigns. An finish that was inevitable.
— Dan Reasonably (@DanRather) August 10, 2021
(By way of NBC News & Selection)