Why Hasn’t Andrew Cuomo Heard Of Gaslighting?

I’ll tell him

L.L. Kirchner
GEN
Published in
5 min readAug 4, 2021

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What is it about New York City and its politicians? Once lauded as heroes, the hall of fame burns and crashes, but then, like some shameless Weeble—Rudy Giuliani, Anthony Weiner*, and now, Andrew Cuomo—those pols can’t seem to stay down.

When Letitia James’ office released its investigation into the sexual harassment claims against Cuomo, nobody thought the news was going to be great. Still, I was astonished when I heard Joe Biden calling for the governor to resign. “What?” I asked aloud as I drove to the grocery store. That seemed a bit much coming from Creepy Uncle Joe, whose own reputation for a hands-on approach wasn’t something I thought he should be drawing attention to.

Then I saw Cuomo’s response. This Tweet of his may go down in history next to Richard Nixon’s “Checkers” speech as an example of contrast. Nixon, invoking his family’s pet dog, Checkers, disingenuously offers an example of the kind of graft he was being accused of, thereby not-so-subtly tugging on America’s heartstrings. Cuomo, however, mysteriously invokes negative perceptions of female managers in the workplace to demonstrate he’s with us, thereby not-so-subtly puckering vaginas everywhere (worth watching around the 11 minute mark, so bizarre). Whereas Nixon keeps up a tone of indignation throughout his offering, Cuomo…

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L.L. Kirchner
GEN
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