The distinguished representative of New York’s North Country has been on a tear lately, issuing tweet after tweet bashing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for making unwanted advances to women and for apparent dishonesty in reporting Covid casualties. A sampling:
Remind me again: Who’s that guy standing next to her in the photo above?
Oh yeah, the guy credibly accused of sexual misconduct by 23 women, the guy who boasted of being able to “grab ’em by the pussy,” and the guy who relentlessly tried to minimize and cover up the Covid pandemic.
I realize that Republican hypocrisy has itself become a pandemic since Joe Biden took office, but Stefanik is outperforming the field. I wonder if she’s thinking of a run for the governorship in 2022?
Not if she knows what’s good for her. It’s one thing to win NY-21 on a platform of Trump Now, Trump Forever. It’s another thing to take that mess statewide.
No, I think what she’s doing is continuing her four-year-long residency on Trump’s backside. For someone who used to position herself as a moderate Republican, she’s come a long, long way. In the wrong direction.
Every tweet I posted above, and just about everything else in Stefanik’s Twitter feed, just reeks of hypocrisy. Cuomo tries to “distract, ignore and avoid”? That was Trump’s modus operandi from his 2015 “They’re rapists, they’re murderers” speech right through the present day.
Cuomo “bullied these cowards into submission”? Trump has bullied an entire political party into submission. I ain’t seen no solid-gold Cuomo being worshipped anywhere.
Democrats who don’t call for Cuomo’s ouster are “complicit in the… coverup” and “enabling his repeated sexual abuse”? This, from a pol who twice voted against Trump’s impeachment in the face of the evidence? From a pol who never uttered a peep about Trump’s horrific treatment of women, including sleeping with a porn star shortly after his wife gave birth to their son?
Look, Andrew Cuomo is no prize. It’s quite possible that the combo platter of sexual misconduct and Covid coverup will end his political career. I wouldn’t shed a tear; I have no love for the man. He’s a bully and a narcissist. He has battled with fellow Democrats as often as (or more than) Republicans. The people of New York could certainly do better.
But I’m not buying Stefanik’s “holier than thou” crusade. Not when Trump was never called to account. Not when Republicans swallow hard and accept Roy Moore as a candidate for Senate. And not when Republicans like Jim Jordan and Brett Cavanaugh just sail on blithely.
I eagerly await Stefanik’s call for an investigation into Jordan’s tenure as assistant coach of the scandal-ridden Ohio State wrestling team. Not holding my breath, though.