‘No tolerance’ Pelosi stops short of calling on Cuomo to resign: ‘He should look into his heart’

Talking out of both sides of her mouth, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she has “zero tolerance for sexual harassment,” yet stopped short of calling for New York Gov. Anthony Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, to resign. Twice.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” the California Democrat was asked by host George Stephanopoulos if Cuomo should resign, after he noted that Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., have called on the governor to step down.

In addition to the controversy over COVID-19 nursing homes deaths, seven women have now come forward to accuse Cuomo of inappropriate behavior.

“I said there’s zero tolerance for sexual harassment, and we have taken measures in the House of Representatives — very strong measures on behalf of the leadership of Congresswoman Jackie Speier, of California,” Pelosi replied. “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 then I called for an investigation.

Stumbling along, the 80-year-old speaker haltingly referenced an investigation that’s being conducted by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

“I have confidence in the attorney general of New York. She has called for a — I think expeditious investigation — and again with all the respect in the world for what these women have come forth and said,” Pelosi continued. “I terms of — you’re talking about New Yorkers now — in terms of generally speaking, people have to look inside themselves and say, and Governor Cuomo also, are they — how effective is their leadership in leading the state under the circumstances that are there.”

As she stated that Gov. Cuomo deserves to hear the results of the investigation, along with the alleged victims. Stephanopoulos asked, “Can he be an effective leader now?”

“No tolerance,” Pelosi said. “No tolerance, and this is a subject very near and dear to my heart. There is no tolerance for sexual harassment. I’ll let the world know that.”

Pressing, the ABC anchor asked, “But you’re not calling on him to resign right now?”

“I think we should see the results, but he may decide, and hopefully this result will be soon, and what I’m saying is the governor should look inside his heart — he loves New York — to see if he can govern effectively.”

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