Politics Donald Trump Jr. Calls for Cuomo to Lose Book Deal, Says Apply Cancel Culture 'Equally'
The swift rise and disastrous fall of Andrew Cuomo, America's wannabe Covid hero
Democrats need to reckon with the record of politicians on both sides of the aisle who have used Trump, the pandemic, or both to elevate their profile.Cuomo became a hero to Democrats across the country last spring, his stature on par with President Barack Obama, with live-streamed daily press briefings that projected steely resolve and paternal authority in the face of a deadly menace. The New York Times’ media columnist Ben Smith called him “the executive best suited to the coronavirus.” As the 2020 Democratic presidential primary dragged on, buzz circulated that Cuomo would be a better candidate than Biden.
Donald Trump Jr. criticized double standards related to "cancel culture" on Monday and said New York Governorshould lose his book contract over allegations of sexual harassment and mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
"With everything that is coming to light, when will @CrownPublishing be canceling @andrewcuomo's contract?" Trump Jr. tweeted Monday night.
‘Hard to see the path out’: Cuomo besieged as crises grow
"It appears he's earned himself a primary," said New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.Now, two months later, he’s embroiled in two major scandals and facing a daily onslaught of questions about deaths in nursing homes, accusations of sexual impropriety and growing speculation that his political career may be in jeopardy.
With everything that is coming to light, when will @CrownPublishing be cancelling @andrewcuomo’s contract? pic.twitter.com/GVkHWEiJh9— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 2, 2021
The former president's son later added that only conservatives get "canceled." He cited Republican Senator Josh Hawley, whoafter voting to object to congressional certification of two states' presidential election results following the Capitol assault by a pro-Trump mob on January 6.
"Simon & Schuster cancelled their contract with Josh Hawley, but Crown is going to stick by a credibly accused serial sexual harasser just because he's a Democrat? What kind of message does that send? What are the rules? That's all I'm asking," Trump Jr. told The Daily Wire on Monday.
Gov. Cuomo faces calls to resign from lawmakers after 3rd woman comes forward
Rep. Kathleen Rice has become the first New York Democrat in Congress to call for him to step down. "The time has come. The Governor must resign," Rice, a former district attorney, tweeted Monday night.
"Cancel culture is awful, but all I'm saying is that the rules should be applied equally," he said.
Trump Jr., who hascontroversial figures, has targeted Cuomo in recent weeks as
The Democratic governor faced backlash last month over reports that his administrationduring the early days of the pandemic.
Cuomo has since been accused of, two of whom had formerly worked for him. The allegations include unwanted advances, such as a forced kiss, and an invitation to play strip poker, along with inappropriate touching and comments.
The New York Democrat has been criticized by other politicians across the state, who have called himand accused him of issuing threats against those he disagrees with.
Cuomo avoids public amid outcry over harassment allegations
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has avoided public appearances for days as some members of his own party call for him to resign over sexual harassment allegations. The governor hasn’t taken questions from reporters since a Feb. 19 briefing, an unusually long gap for a Democrat whose daily, televised updates on the coronavirus pandemic were must-see TV last spring. He was last before video cameras Thursday, when he introduced President Joe Biden at a virtual meeting of the National Governor’s Association, which he chairs. He also participated Tuesday in the group's conference call, which was off-limits to reporters.
Cuomo has since faced calls to resign or be impeached. On Tuesday,from the issued a statement in support of impeachment.
"These accounts of predatory behavior come just weeks after Governor Cuomo's administration admitted to withholding critical information, including the thousands of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, from the public and from the federal government," the statement read.
Those legislators joined at least five other Democratic lawmakers who have expressed support for Cuomo's removal, suggesting that the New York Legislature could try to impeach Cuomo through the required two-thirds vote.
Cuomo has since denied most of the sexual harassment allegations. But on Sunday, without addressing specific claims, the governor apologized for behavior that may have offended anyone.
"I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that," he said in a statement.
‘Buy some time, and hope that things calm down’: Cuomo’s crisis playbook
The New York Democrat’s reign as ‘America’s governor’ may have come to an end, but it’s far less certain that his actual governorship is end-stage. Ralph Northam, the Virginia governor who was on a political death watch following his blackface scandal, survived. So did an on-the-ropes President Bill Clinton, in whose administration Cuomo served during impeachment, giving him an up-close look at how to survive the seemingly unsurvivable.
Newsweek contacted Trump Jr., Cuomo and Crown Publishing for additional comment but did not hear back in time for publication.
Cuomo's choice .
The people he’s demeaned and dismissed over the years are now in command and without fear of retribution. Verily, "Cuomo-lot" has passed, its knight - a one-time petitioner for Kennedy royalty - is done, and without a new game plan, the road ahead cannot be repaired - even with the biggest infrastructure program in human history.Now that he's run through his normal playbook - deny the offense(s), smear the accuser(s), threaten the questioners, offer a bevy of excuses until one sticks - it's time for Cuomo engage in what for him will feel like a wholly alien strategy: honesty.