April 12, 2021

Kamala Harris still won’t comment on sexual harrassment claims against Cuomo

As embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) faces claims of sexual misconduct from a third female accuser, the silence from certain high-profile politicians on the left has been deafening, to say the least.

Especially noteworthy is the lack of public comment on the Cuomo controversy thus far from Vice President Kamala Harris, particularly in light of the staunch “believe all women” stance she took during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings back in 2018, as the Washington Examiner reports.

Earlier this week it was announced that New York’s attorney general launched a probe into allegations against Cuomo made by two former aides, and shortly thereafter, yet another woman came forward to describe her experience with the governor’s unwanted advances, as Politico noted.

Though Cuomo issued a public apology for the conduct forming the basis of the current accusations, he made it clear that he has no intention of stepping down, as NBC News reported. Even so, the pressure on the governor continues to mount, even from typically friendly voices such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who called the women’s claims “serious and credible” and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said:

These stories are difficult to read, and the allegations brought forth raise serious questions that the women who have come forward and all New Yorkers deserve answers to.

Given her behavior during the Kavanaugh confirmation process, in which the then-nominee for the high court faced nebulous claims of sexual misconduct dating back decades, it seems odd indeed that Harris would stay mum on the accusations against Cuomo.

During those hearings, the then-senator from California harangued Kavanaugh with “gotcha” questions, used the controversy as a fundraising tool, and ultimately led colleagues in a walkout meant to signal support for the nominee’s primary accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

When asked by Fox News’ Kristin Fisher about Harris’ conspicuous quietude on the topic of Cuomo on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki offered little insight, saying only:

The benefit of doing a briefing every day is I can certainly speak on behalf of the president and the vice president.

So let me reiterate that they both believe that every woman coming forward should be heard, should be treated with dignity and treated with respect.

Fisher held Psaki’s feet to the fire, however, saying:

It’s one thing to hear it from you and it’s appreciated but its another thing to hear it from the vice president or the president himself.

Sadly, when it comes to assessing the credibility or seriousness of sexual misconduct claims, all that seems to matter to Democrats is the party affiliation of the accused.

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