Defiant Gov Cuomo takes questions for 1st time since Dec, effectively calls women accusers liars

In what the New York Times billed as an attempt to “convey a sense of normalcy during a period of profound turmoil,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took questions from reporters Monday — the first time since December — and “flatly” denied that he had ever sexually harassed anyone or had done “anything wrong.”

At least nine women, to include former aides, have accused the Democratic governor of inappropriate behavior, ranging from harassment to sexual assault. Addressing their possible motivations, Cuomo threw out a host of reasons, effectively calling all of them liars.

“People say things. Who knows? People are venial, people want attention, people are angry, people are jealous,” he said. “Who knows why people spread rumors?”

All the while, Cuomo has no trouble getting Democratic officials to stand alongside him. If the election of President Joe Biden didn’t signal the official end of the #MeToo movement, given that his accuser, Tara Reade, was summarily dismissed by the media, the reaction to Cuomo certainly does the trick.

Cuomo also spoke about the independent investigation by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, saying the inquiry into the sexual harassment claims will not find any wrongdoing.

“The report can’t say anything different, because I didn’t do anything wrong,” the governor said.

On inviting women to the governor’s mansion, Cuomo attributed that to an effort “to hire more women… and bring them to the highest level.” Presumably, with a straight face.

Not that sexually inappropriate behavior is the only controversy Cuomo faces.

James also oversees a probe into “possible misuse of state resources — including state employees — to work on his 2020 book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic,'” the New York Times reported.

Zephyr Teachout, an associate law professor at Fordham University who ran against Cuomo in 2014, shared an exchange the governor had with a reporter about the book scandal.

“Andrew Cuomo really believes that being Governor means he is the law, not subject to law, and it shows every time he is asked about it,” she observed.

Cuomo also faces an impeachment investigation by the New York State Assembly.

But the more costly controversy, given the number of deaths involved, is his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic, which were directed by the governor to accept COVID-19 patients. A controversy that gets little ink lately.

Lindsey Boylan, the first woman who came forward to accuse Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment responded to his denial on Twitter.

“Truly disgusting. This man is full of lies. Unfortunately for him, he does not control the truth and many people would have to ignore a lot of truth and evidence to accept this bullsh-t,” she wrote.

Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:

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