Fox News host Tucker Carlson insists that there is both more and less than meets the eye in the sexual harassment scandal that brought down New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, particularly in that the Empire State has a long history of “palace coups” orchestrated by politically ambitious rivals.
“I feel guilty effectively defending Andrew Cuomo, something I’ve never done and hope never to do. I just want to make it clear that I’m not actually defending him. I’m defending the system of equal application of the law, which I hope will save all of us in the end,” the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight declared.
“[Cuomo] killed all those old people in nursing homes. I haven’t heard a word about that. They don’t matter, but someone sat in his lap and that’s the crime? How distorted is our moral scale?” he added.
Carlson implied in his opening editorial on Tuesday night that the report from state Attorney General Letitia James detailing Cuomo’s alleged misbehavior with women that led to his resignation was, in part, hyperbolic because far-left Democrats like James decided that Cuomo’s time was up, as it were.
In other words, he had outlived his usefulness as a high-profile, pandemic foe of President Donald Trump.
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In his monologue that — as usual — contains a lot to unpack and for which you can form your own conclusions, Carlson hardly hid his disdain for Cuomo whom he described, among other things, as an awful person and an awful governor.
But he also wondered why the allegations against the three-term governor only recently publicly surfaced.
Before playing the typically embarrassing montage of corporate media and Democrats like President Joe Biden (“America’s most-prolific hair sniffer”) heaping praise on the governor, Carlson asserted that “Andrew Cuomo has been in office for almost 11 years. Lots of people say now that they knew he was a creep. So why didn’t they tell us before? They certainly didn’t. They told us that Andrew Cuomo was god-like.”
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In support of his premise, Carlson went on to claim that one Cuomo accuser waited until after Election 2020 to take to social media to level sexual harassment allegations.
“The crime according to Boylan occurred more than two years earlier in 2018, but we hadn’t heard about it. So here’s the first question: why did Lindsey Boylan wait two years to tell us what had happened? This guy is the governor of one of the most important states in the country, so why didn’t she pipe up before, say before the Emmy Awards?” Carlson asked.
“We can’t know the answer to that but it’s clear that she picked a politically significant moment to share her allegations on Twitter. Lindsey Boylan went public almost immediately after the news media called the presidential race for Joe Biden. Oh. Could it be that the second that call was made, Andrew Cuomo had outlived his usefulness, and it might be time to crush him and move on to someone who’s easier to control?” he continued.
Carlson recalled that Cuomo was the state’s attorney general during the scandal that brought down then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and that AG James — who previously released a report on the nursing home scandal — is apparently following in his footsteps.
“[Cuomo] used his office to investigate his boss at the time…and then he became governor…”
“Now, James does not hide her own political ambitions because you no longer have to, nobody cares. Earlier this year, she said that AG — you thought it meant attorney general — actually, she said it stands for aspiring governor, which she is.
“Even before she was elected to her current office which she has misused from day one, James vowed to start a political investigation into Donald Trump’s businesses in New York. Not because she had specific evidence that he had broken the law — she didn’t. She didn’t claim she did, but because she didn’t like him and she since followed through on that promise,” Carlson told viewers. “Is that the kind of justice you want? So there are reasons to question Letitia James’ motives, to put it mildly…”
Carlson then went on to claim “large portions” of James’ report in the sexual harassment investigation “are absurd” and “don’t make sense.”
He then highlighted a purported “creepy as hell” allegation that Cuomo allowed some senior staff members to sit on his lap during official functions.
“But if you go back to page 122 of the same report, you will notice this line: ‘None of these senior staff reported feeling uncomfortable with this behavior.’ Oh, so they liked sitting in Andrew Cuomo’s lap. Weird, but who are we to judge? Weirder things are happening right now. So how is this harassment? How is it a violation of the law?” the Fox News host asked.
“But the report, and you should read it, and maybe it’s irrelevant now, is full of lines like that, the kind of inconsistencies you would expect if you were reading, say, a political tract, not a legal document. But again, it doesn’t matter now, because the report did its job…Candidates are lining up to unseat the lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul,” he added.
Unlike the radical leftists like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who would like to become governor after the next election, Cuomo, while a “vicious partisan,” was “not completely insane,” Carlson insisted. “He acknowledged some limits to constitutional government.”
“But just because someone sat in Andrew Cuomo’s lap, [de Blasio or someone like him] may soon run the state of New York. Just so you know it’s actually going on here,” Carlson concluded.
At the end of the segment, talk show host Jesse Kelly expressed agreement with Carlson’s analysis about power-hungry Democrats who perpetrated a palace coup.
“These ‘communists’ who managed to slip enough knives into Cuomo to take him down don’t actually care about any of these women, whether they were harassed or not. None of these women are cared for by Letitia James or anyone else.,” he said.
“If they cared about inappropriate touching by Democrats, they’d be looking a little bit more into Joe Biden, who’s been doing this on camera for a long time, and none of his victims are old enough to ride the rides at Disney without an accompanying adult, so don’t tell me these people actually care. They don’t care. It’s all about power,” Kelly claimed.
Carlson then noted that the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, “who killed a woman in a car at Chappaquiddick,” was a longtime standard-bearer for hypocritical Democrats.
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