Cuomo rips ‘cancel culture’ in first speech after resignation


In his first public address since stepping down last year over multiple sexual harassment allegations, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attacks the ‘cancel culture’ he says was at the root politically motivated efforts to impeach him.

NEW YORK — In his first public address since resigning last year over multiple allegations of sexual harassment, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday attacked the “cancel culture” he says is was behind politically motivated efforts to impeach him and hinted at a future role. in public life.

Appearing at God’s Battalion of Prayer Church in Brooklyn on Sunday morning, Cuomo repeatedly quoted the Bible as he described his struggles, then went on the offensive to attack “political sharks” in Albany who, a- he said, “smelled blood” and exploited the situation for political gain.

The Democrat resigned in August, days after an independent investigation found he sexually harassed nearly a dozen women and that he and his aides worked to retaliate against an accuser. On Sunday, Cuomo acknowledged his behavior was inappropriate but was quick to add that nothing he was doing was breaking the law.

“I didn’t appreciate how quickly the outlook changed,” he said. “I learned a powerful lesson and paid a very high price to learn it. God is not done with me yet.

Several New York district attorneys said they found Cuomo’s accusers “credible” but said the available evidence was not strong enough to press charges against him. Last month, a New York State Trooper sued him, claiming he caused her severe mental anguish and emotional distress by touching her inappropriately and making suggestive comments. A spokesperson for Cuomo called the lawsuit “extortion of cheap money.”

Cuomo used his platform Sunday primarily to condemn a social media-fueled climate he says is growing and dangerous.

“Any charge can trigger a conviction without facts or due process,” he said. “We are a nation of laws, not a nation of tweets. Woe to us if we let this become our new legal system.

Returning to a biblical metaphor of crossing a bridge several times to describe his journey, Cuomo hinted that he would not stay out of the spotlight.

“The Bible teaches perseverance, it teaches us to get off the mat,” he said. “They broke my heart but they didn’t break my spirit. I want to take the energy that could have made me bitter and made us better.

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This story has been updated to clarify that Sunday’s remarks were Cuomo’s first public speech since stepping down.

ABC News

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