On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) refused to step down as New York Congressional Democrats’ continue to call for him to resign, instead he insists that he is actually a victim of “cancel culture.”
“There are facts and then there are opinions. And I’ve always separated the two,” Cuomo told reporters during a call. “Politicians who don’t know a single fact, but yet form a conclusion and an opinion, are in my opinion reckless and dangerous.”
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“The people of New York should not have confidence in a politician who takes a position without knowing any facts or substance. That, my friends, is politics at its worst,” the governor added. “People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth,” he said.
The three term governor attempted to put himself in better light by arguing that he is a political outsider who has become the main target of the establishment.
“I am not part of the political club, and you know what? I am proud of it. I have been in the public eye my entire life. My entire life I have been under public scrutiny, since I was 23 years old and ran my father’s campaign. New Yorkers know me. Wait for the facts,” Cuomo said in reference to his father, Mario Cuomo, who served as New York’s governor between 1983 and 1994.
On Friday, state lawmakers are calling Cuomo to resign, and Democratic congressional members including U.S. Reps. Jerry Nadler and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez joined in calling for his resignation. Nadler says Gov. Cuomo has lost the confidence of New Yorkers. Cuomo has denied he ever touched anyone inappropriately and has said he’s sorry if he ever made anyone uncomfortable.
“The repeated accusations against the governor, and the manner in which he has responded to them, have made it impossible for him to continue to govern at this point,” Nadler said. On Thursday, the state Assembly began an impeachment investigation into Cuomo as lawmakers investigate whether there are grounds for removing Cuomo from public office.