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Politics Cuomo trashed Trump for years, but critics, including Democrats, say they’re cut from the same cloth

06:11  08 august  2021
06:11  08 august  2021 Source:   nydailynews.com

Why Is Andrew Cuomo Still Governor of New York?

  Why Is Andrew Cuomo Still Governor of New York? Cuomo is a mean-spirited bully with a flagrant disregard for the rule of law, ruthless in defense of his own interests. New Yorkers deserve better.Last spring, Governor Andrew Cuomo became a national media darling through his daily COVID-19 briefings and primetime “interviews” with his CNN-anchor brother. It may be hard to believe now, but around this time last year, there was even speculation that Cuomo could replace then-candidate Biden on the 2020 ballot.

Cuomo is under criminal investigation in Albany after one of the women - who accused him of groping her breast - filed a report with police Thursday. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Saturday the criminal investigation could lead to the governor's arrest and a potential misdemeanor charge. Cuomo signed the bill at a time that the world was reeling from the allegations against now-convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein and the instances of sexual harassment and assault brought to attention in the #MeToo movement. He had introduced the plan the previous year at a time when he was seeking

Donald Trump has won support in his battle with the legacy press from one of the last people who might be expected to defend him – New York's Andrew Cuomo – but the sentiment may stem from the governor's own media run-ins. The comments came as a surprise, given that Cuomo is one of Trump 's fiercest critics . The governor also has had his own decorum issues with Trump 's office, at one point going so far as to say that "if I wasn't governor of New York, I would have decked him."

His name is synonymous with impeachment. His administration is rife with scandal. And his loathsome treatment of women borders on criminal conduct, his critics say.

What has long been the resume of Donald Trump may soon become the curriculum vitae of Andrew Cuomo. Pot, meet kettle. Shoe, say hello to the other foot.

When Cuomo was riding high on the waves of pandemic popularity, such comparisons seemed almost anathema.

Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump. © Associated Press New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump. (Associated Press/)

But since the governor has been called on the carpet as an alleged serial sexual harasser, pointing out the similarities between Cuomo and the former president of the United States is almost second nature.

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Cuomo might have been thinking of all the other times a “constitutional crisis” has been declared over the course of Trump ’s single term in office. Almost a year ago, Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera had already observed that anti- Trump “pundits & critics have been using the phrase #ConstitutionalCrisis so often over the Absent from the party’s criticism is any insight into the fact that the Trump administration’s hands were full fighting off the same impeachment efforts the Democrats now want to revive as first dozens and then hundreds of Chinese people were falling ill with the virus currently ravaging the US.

Andrew Cuomo Saturday doubled down on his state's now-scrapped nursing home policy that critics say contributed to thousands of coronavirus deaths and instead blamed the problem on President Trump and his administration. The governor's office said New York's original nursing home policy was in line with a March 13 directive from the Trump Administration's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that went out to all states on how to control infections in nursing homes.

“Both Donald Trump and Andrew Cuomo represent privileged men in power who believe they are above the law and do not have to be held accountable,” said Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens). “In New York, Democrats are sending a loud message across this country that we will not be hypocrites and will hold all politicians accountable.”

Andrew Cuomo in a newspaper: Front page for Aug. 4, 2021: AG: Gov harassed several women, broke law; Joe, Dems say © Provided by New York Daily News Front page for Aug. 4, 2021: AG: Gov harassed several women, broke law; Joe, Dems say "resign!" State Attorney General Letitia James (inset) announced Tuesday that investigators found Gov. Cuomo "harassed multiple women" and created a "toxic" workplace, leading Albany Democrats - and even President Biden - to call for his resignation. But a defiant Cuomo fired bad, calling the probe "biased."

Front page for Aug. 4, 2021: AG: Gov harassed several women, broke law; Joe, Dems say "resign!" State Attorney General Letitia James (inset) announced Tuesday that investigators found Gov. Cuomo "harassed multiple women" and created a "toxic" workplace, leading Albany Democrats - and even President Biden - to call for his resignation. But a defiant Cuomo fired bad, calling the probe "biased."

The distinction is important for a political party that denounced Trump’s antics, and wants to maintain its hold on Congress and the White House.

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  Cuomo Struggles to Hang On to Power as N.Y. Awaits Next Move New York Governor Andrew Cuomo dug in at the Executive Mansion in Albany on Wednesday, avoiding the public eye as one of his few remaining allies joined the chorus of Democrats calling for his resignation over sexual-harassment violations. State Democratic Party chairman Jay S. Jacobs, who had stood by Cuomo throughout the months-long scandal, said he advised Cuomo to step down and he refused. In a telephone interview on Wednesday night, Jacobs said he expected the embattled governor to hold a press conference “in the next day or so to lay out his views on these allegations.

Trump said it was “an honor” to be with Putin, who gushed that he was “delighted to meet” Trump . “We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia and for the United States and for everybody concerned,” Trump offered. You can only wonder at the scale of conservative outrage if Barack Obama had hoped first for Russian happiness, and second for American success. It’s tempting to think that Trump and Putin are cut from the same cloth . They both like to style themselves as strongmen, crushing dissent and critics with varying degrees of violence.

Trump said Cuomo has 'real problems' - and gave a shout out to the Republican state minority leader of the Senate, who would participate in impeachment. The 63- year -old has spent the past three days holed up inside the Governor's Mansion in Albany, strategizing ways to save his political career. Cuomo has not been seen since the bombshell report was published on Tuesday. Cuomo was on Tuesday found by the New York attorney general to have sexually harassed 11 women.

“This is a watershed moment for American politics to root out the dominating, toxic and abusive politics that have ruled places like Albany forever,” Kim said.

Kim clashed with Cuomo earlier this year after he criticized the governor’s administration for underreporting COVID-related nursing home deaths. He said Cuomo called him at home and threatened to “destroy” him.

Cuomo’s team denied the encounter. But critics said the confrontation was classic Cuomo in full bully mode. And his refusal to admit any wrongdoing, even in the face of legislative censure over the nursing home scandal, drew comparisons to the man who had become his chief political target.

“Their hubris, their narcissism, the fact that they both come from families with domineering fathers — there is this weird symbiosis that exists between Cuomo and Trump and the way they act,” said former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who famously went to jail for covering up Trump’s “dirty deeds.”

Biden's once-warm relationship with Cuomo grows chilly

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Donald Trump may be the two most potent words in Democratic politics, but Andrew M. Cuomo , the Democratic governor of New York, has spent much of the last six months going out of his way to avoid them . Nearly as soon as Mr. Trump was elected, Mr. Cuomo began dancing around invoking the president’s He met with the transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, to lobby for additional federal funding for the state’s infrastructure needs. While in Washington, Mr. Cuomo took time to respond to Mr. Trump ’s directive, announced on Twitter, that transgender people be barred from the military.

Andrew Cuomo smiling for the camera: Photo of Gov. Andrew Cuomo with unidentified woman © Provided by New York Daily News Photo of Gov. Andrew Cuomo with unidentified woman

Photo of Gov. Andrew Cuomo with unidentified woman

Cohen, whose crimes included paying Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump, told The News that Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment was enabled by the same type of loyalists who enabled Trump.

“The Michael Cohens of his world did it,” Cohen said. “There’s this similarity in his ego that’s painfully reminiscent of my days protecting Donald Trump. I’m certain it wasn’t easy for the governor’s protectors, either.”

Michael Caputo, a longtime Trump friend who served as a senior adviser on his 2016 campaign, said he sees a lot of similarities in the way Cuomo and Trump carry themselves, the way they speak and the way each man never backs down from a fight.

“Most of the people I’ve met from Queens carry that same bravado,” Caputo said.

Donald Trump, Stormy Daniels posing for a photo: Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump are pictured together in an undated photo. © Provided by New York Daily News Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump are pictured together in an undated photo.

Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump are pictured together in an undated photo.

The relationship between the two executives can be described as both complicated and ironic.

Cuomo in 'fighting mood' even as aides try to convince him to resign

  Cuomo in 'fighting mood' even as aides try to convince him to resign New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's closest confidants spent the weekend trying to convince the Democrat to resign, sources tell CNN, an effort that comes amid fallout from a report that found he sexually harassed multiple women. © Mary Altaffer/AP New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Cuomo, a source said, can't come to grips with the end of his time in office, telling his inner circle: "I need more time.

It’s complicated, in part, because of the money Trump has donated over the years to the political campaigns of both Cuomo and his late father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.

The current governor said he never saw a conflict with the contributions, not even in 2018 during his re-election bid after a high-profile political rival, actress and Democratic gubernatorial opponent Cynthia Nixon, raised the issue.

“I’m going to be deeply critical of him and keep the contributions,” Cuomo said, refusing to return the money.

The relationship is ironic, in part, because of their similar history with women.

The irony is best illustrated in a New York Times story about a 1990 bachelor party in Cuomo’s honor. Cuomo was about to marry into the into the acclaimed Kennedy clan. “Cuomolot,” the union was dubbed.

a screen shot of Andrew Cuomo in a suit and tie: A mock up of a newspaper headline and photo of U.S. President Donald Trump is displayed on a screen as New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticizes Trump's handling of COVID-19 at a news conference on September 8, 2020 in New York City. © Spencer Platt A mock up of a newspaper headline and photo of U.S. President Donald Trump is displayed on a screen as New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticizes Trump's handling of COVID-19 at a news conference on September 8, 2020 in New York City.

A mock up of a newspaper headline and photo of U.S. President Donald Trump is displayed on a screen as New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticizes Trump's handling of COVID-19 at a news conference on September 8, 2020 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/)

Trump, meanwhile, was in the throes of a messy divorce from Ivana Trump.

Andrew Cuomo May Have Violated the 2019 Sexual Harassment Policies He Signed Into Law

  Andrew Cuomo May Have Violated the 2019 Sexual Harassment Policies He Signed Into Law In 2019, Cuomo signed three pieces of legislation that, according to the state's website, "strengthened protections against discrimination and harassment."According to the findings uncovered in the report by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, Cuomo "engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York State law." The report also alleged that Cuomo engaged in "nonconsensual touching" and made comments of a "suggestive and sexual nature.

Trump did not attend the bachelor party, held at a Manhattan bar. But he sent a lighthearted video with a bit of advice.

“Whatever you do, Andrew,” Trump told Cuomo in the video, “don’t ever, ever fool around.”

Years later, the relationship soured, so much so that Trump briefly entertained the idea of running for governor against Cuomo in 2014.

Trump changed his mind when the state Republican Party would not unify behind him.

“While I won’t be running for Governor of New York State, a race I would have won, I have much bigger plans in mind,” Trump tweeted.

Two years later, Trump was elected president.

Andrew Cuomo in a newspaper: Front page for Aug. 4, 2021: AG: Gov harassed several women, broke law; Joe, Dems say © Provided by New York Daily News Front page for Aug. 4, 2021: AG: Gov harassed several women, broke law; Joe, Dems say "resign!" State Attorney General Letitia James (inset) announced Tuesday that investigators found Gov. Cuomo "harassed multiple women" and created a "toxic" workplace, leading Albany Democrats - and even President Biden - to call for his resignation. But a defiant Cuomo fired bad, calling the probe "biased."

Front page for Aug. 4, 2021: AG: Gov harassed several women, broke law; Joe, Dems say "resign!" State Attorney General Letitia James (inset) announced Tuesday that investigators found Gov. Cuomo "harassed multiple women" and created a "toxic" workplace, leading Albany Democrats - and even President Biden - to call for his resignation. But a defiant Cuomo fired bad, calling the probe "biased."

But before long, Trump found himself the target of impeachment, over allegations that he had solicited foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election to help his re-election bid, and then obstructed the investigation.

Cuomo resigns after inquiry finds he harassed women

  Cuomo resigns after inquiry finds he harassed women New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Tuesday announced his resignation, an abrupt about-face that capped off six months during which accusations of sexual harassment and bungling his state's coronavirus pandemic response racked up.Cuomo said during a press conference he would formally leave office in two weeks and hand the reins to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D).But he remained defiant. Rather than say he was leaving based on the merits of the allegations against him from 11 women, detailed in a report from state Attorney General Letitia James (D), the governor said he didn't want to be a distraction to ongoing business in Albany.

Now, impeachment winds are circling around Cuomo after an investigation by state Attorney General Letitia James said Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.

Like Trump, Cuomo has resisted calls to resign. The difference, Caputo said, is that Cuomo has little support, even within his own party.

“He has bricked himself into a corner, and I don’t think he’s coming out unless he’s dragged out.” Caputo said. “And that’s because he’s burned every bridge that’s not named after his father. Will he resign before he is impeached? I don’t think it’s in his DNA. It’s not in his genetic code.”

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, said there is another similarity between Trump and Cuomo.

“He lies,” Williams said of the governor. “He just always lies. There’s a lot of Trump-like qualities with Cuomo. People try to pretend that’s not true. One of them is the ability to lie and act like he’s not lying. It’s just astonishing. I think he actually might believe he didn’t do these things. He probably believes everything doesn’t apply to him.”

text: Protesters are pictured outside Governor Cuomo's office in Manhattan to demand he resign. © Provided by New York Daily News Protesters are pictured outside Governor Cuomo's office in Manhattan to demand he resign.

Protesters are pictured outside Governor Cuomo's office in Manhattan to demand he resign. (Luiz C. Ribeiro/)

Williams said that while Cuomo’s legacy is shot, resigning would allow him to at least avoid even more comparisons to Trump.

“They’re clear to some of us now,” Williams said. “If he remains, they’ll be clearer to everybody else.”

Cuomo falls .
When his henchmen deserted, the governor was gone.The New York governor waved the white flag and agreed to resign on Aug. 10, once he realized that the same political allies and media and pop-culture cheerleaders who had been so key to his survival up until that point had abandoned him. That support structure crumbled after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a devastating report detailing 11 separate acts of sexual harassment.

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