The Cuomo Shell Game

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is an example of how the Democratic Party deals with people they know are a liability. Cuomo led the Democratic governors in handling COVID-19 with directives to send infected people to nursing homes, giving the death sentence to over 16,000 people in New York alone—a figure his aides tried to remove from a report written by state health officials. The New York Times reports Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa and others, began changing the report to protect the governor’s image. Rather than have investigations of many governors about COVID death policies, sex becomes the issue of focus in the news media and among Democratic Party leaders.

According to the Washington Examiner, “Governors from Michigan, California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, all Democrats, enacted similar policies last year as fears grew that hospitals would be overwhelmed with new patients and too few healthcare providers.” The Democratic Party has a real problem on its hands. Democratic governors in key states sending thousands of COVID patients to nursing homes to their deaths. These stories were coming out in the beginning of March. But then there was another story that started coming out that diverted public attention—how Cuomo made improper comments to and advances toward women, which immediately overshadowed the nursing home death camp stories.

The first of the so-far seven ladies who have come forward, Lindsey Boylan, wrote an op-ed for detailing how Cuomo made unwanted advances toward her on several occasions, including trapping her in his office. Boylan claimed Cuomo “created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bulling is so pervasive that it is not only condoned, but expected.” Boylan said, “It was all so normalized—particularly by Melissa DeRosa and other top women around him—that only now do I realize how insidious his abuse was.” In May 2020, DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the New York State Council on Women and Girls, spearheaded a hastily assembled task force that tried to inoculate the Governor against sexual assault by “reimagining” services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

On June 11, 2020, Cuomo said in the news release announcing “acceptance” of the task force’s recommendations, “The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a drastic increase in the number of reported domestic violence cases in the state, leaving many survivors trapped at home with their abusers without access to help or resources.” He might now add, “and trapped in my office” as more women come forward. These are all horrible charges. And it seems that whenever a politician becomes a liability, sexual accusations are the downfall, not necessarily the original egregious act—in this case making citizens carry death to nursing homes. As Christ said in Luke 12:2, “For there is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed.” In this case, it’s a shell game of hidden atrocities and in the eyes of politicians, it’s better Cuomo resign for sex issues than death issues.

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Bill Wilson