Andrew Cuomo is on his way out as governor of New York. It became official yesterday with his typically long-winded and at times sappy noon-time resignation speech. And though losing a Democratic icon was a tough pill for the liberal media to swallow, many soldiered on. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd predicted that we haven’t seen the last of officeholder Cuomo, noting that others in similar straits have made comebacks.
Others on the Left were less sanguine, focusing instead on Cuomo’s more immediate fate, which could include prison time. Still others attempted to put his sins in perspective. Enter Joy Ann Reid, also of MSNBC, who threw this question out to a guest panel:
Did you get the sense that perhaps Cuomo, in his own thinking, felt that he could sort of pull a Donald Trump, that he could sort of do the kinds of things and be the kind of person that the President was? Do you think — was that going on? What do you think was going on here?
Pull a Donald Trump? Interesting she didn’t select a sinner of more recent vintage. Then again, the media have conveniently forgotten all about Tara Reade — who claims that then-Sen. Joe Biden kissed her, touched her, and penetrated her with his fingers without her consent — and the other women who have accused the current president of sexual impropriety. Of course, that narrative emerged at the height of campaign season in 2020, and scrutiny by the press might have led to the toppling of their candidate of choice. (RELATED: New evidence appears to corroborate Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden)
The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman, who was a guest on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” also saw a Trump connection, saying of Cuomo:
There has been this approach he has had, Anderson, the whole time, which is trying to suggest, ‘These forces are coming after me because I’m fighting for you.’ He said a version of that today. It really is identical language to a lot of what we heard Donald Trump use repeatedly about investigations into himself when he was in office. So there is that piece of it, to hear him talk this way. I think that you will hear him continue to say that this was something unfair.
Interesting to watch the liberal mind at work, no?