Disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is blaming “cancel culture” for his ouster from office, saying that it is a “new extremism.”
Cuomo resigned after being accused of sexual harassment and unwanted advances by multiple women. His brother was subsequently let go from CNN after it appeared that he was running cover for him.
Speaking at the God’s Battalion of Prayer Church in Brooklyn, Cuomo said that it has been a rough few months for him.
“I resigned as governor, the press roasted me, my colleagues were ridiculed, my brother was fired, it was ugly. It was the first time that I was glad that my father wasn’t here so he didn’t have to see it,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said that politics has become “so mean and extreme,” especially within his own Democratic Party.
The former politician said that he has behaved the same way for 40 years, but it has only become a problem due to the “new sensitivity” among younger generations. He also referred to cancel culture as “a new extremism.”
“No one ever told me I made them feel uncomfortable and I never sensed that I caused any discomfort to anyone, I was trying to do the opposite. But I understand that was my error,” Cuomo continued, adding that he accepts criticism from people who say that he is “old and out of touch. However, he asserted that “the political sharks in Albany smelled blood and exploited the situation for their own political purpose.”
“With cancel culture, we now live in a frightening new world where any accusation can trigger condemnation without facts, without due process. We are a nation of laws – not a nation of Tweets,” Cuomo said. “Social media and Twitter spread cancel culture like a virus. They allow the extreme minority to overpower the reasonable majority.”
Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah announced in December that Cuomo will not face charges, saying the allegations are “credible,” but not “criminal.”