Cuomo’s old tweet about sexual harassment resurfaces which said: ‘There should be a zero tolerance’

Today in things that aged especially poorly, a 2013 tweet from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has gone viral, calling for a “zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment.”

While that’s all well and good and should generally be the norm, the tweet is truly trending due to its author’s blatant hypocrisy: The tweet only resurfaced in light of a bombshell report from New York State Attorney General Leticia James that found Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women.

“There should be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment & must send a clear message that this behavior is not tolerated,” the entire tweet reads. However, despite 165 pages containing 179 witness testimonies and tens of thousands of documents investigating the governor’s own sexual harassment allegations, he refuses to resign. Instead, the politician has chosen to defend his behaviour, refuting the claims in a fifteen minute long pre-recorded video.

“I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” he said. “I am 63 years old, I’ve lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am and that’s not who I have ever been.”

“I’ve been making the same gesture all my life. I actually learned it from my mother and form my father,” he said, referring to photo in which he grasps one accuser’s cheeks to kiss her at a 2019 wedding. “It is meant to convey warmth, nothing more…There are hundreds if not thousands of photos of me using the exact same gesture. I do it with everyone,” he continued, as a montage of photos depicting Cuomo embracing various citizens with hugs and kisses began to play. “I do it with everyone. Black, white, young, old, straight and LGBTQ, powerful people, friends, strangers, people who I meet on the street,” Cuomo narrated over the slideshow.

Several politicians have called on the governor to resign, and now, upon having discovered Cuomo’s ancient tweet, Twitter is insisting the same.

Please log in or register to upvote this article
The Conversation (0)