Andrew Cuomo blames cancel culture for his resignation

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference in June 2021.David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

  • Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hinted he could return to politics on Sunday.

  • “God isn’t done with me yet,” Cuomo told a congregation, The New York Times reported.

  • Cuomo blamed his departure from public service on “cancellation culture.”

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed his departure from public office on “cancellation culture” during a speech at a church on Sunday, The New York Times reported.

Cuomo resigned in August 2021 following several sexual assault allegations. The resignation came as he faced possible indictment after New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ office announced that its independent investigators had found Cuomo had sexually harassed several women.

The former governor defended himself against the GA report and said “the facts are very different from what was portrayed”.

He also denied the allegations.

“I’ve never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. That’s just not who I am and that’s not who I ever was,” he said. at the time. “I welcome the opportunity for a full and fair review before a judge and jury, because that just didn’t happen.”

The Times reported that while speaking at God’s Battalion of Prayer Church, a black congregation in Brooklyn, Cuomo told congregants he wanted to “speak my truth.”

“Twitter and newspaper headlines have replaced judge and jury,” Cuomo said.

During his speech, Cuomo used the phrase cancel culture more than a dozen times, but did not go into detail about the sexual assault allegations against him, The Times reported. He said his conduct had been misinterpreted due to changing generational norms, a claim he had made before.

“I learned a powerful lesson and paid a very high price to learn that lesson,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo also blamed politics for his resignation, The Times reported. “Albany’s political sharks sniffed blood,” he said, accusing him of exploiting the situation “to nullify an election.”

Although Cuomo did not announce another campaign for public office, he told the congregation, “God is not done with me yet.” He added: “I have a lot of options in life and I’m open to them all.”

A Cuomo spokesperson did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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