President Joe Biden is facing criticism after he allegedly praised Governor Andrew Cuomo for his work on New York’s infrastructure and election law reform.
Fox News host Sean Hannity called the president out on his show Tuesday night for declaring that the governor had done a ‘helluva job’.
‘Helluva job?’ Hannity said before questioning how the governor handled COVID-19 in the peak of the pandemic.
‘What about the thousands of seniors who are now dead because of Cuomo’s insane decision to put COVID patients in nursing homes? What about the ensuing cover-up, when Cuomo allegedly tried to hide the true number of nursing home deaths? What about the fact that New York State is home to the second-highest COVID-19 death rate in the country?’
Fox News host Sean Hannity criticized President Joe Biden after he allegedly praised Governor Andrew Cuomo for his work on New York’s infrastructure and election law reform
He also cited the state’s ‘crushing taxes’ and ‘rampant public corruption’ as evidence of Cuomo’s poor leadership.
‘Despite calling on him to resign just last week, today, Joe Biden complained that this was all so sad: because Cuomo had done a helluva job,’ Hannity said.
‘Apparently, it’s just the allegations of sexual misconduct that trouble Joe Biden.’
Hannity pointed out that Cuomo, who resigned from his role as governor this week after the New York Attorney General released a bombshell sex pest report outlining allegations made against him, has been ‘almost completely abandoned’ by his political allies and friends.
‘With Trump out of office, and allegations swirling, Cuomo’s value to the Democratic party has been diminished — he is no longer the savior of the left,’ Hannity said.
He also referred to the governor as a ‘party pariah’ and ‘is no longer useful to his party’.
Hannity concluded by noting that Cuomo’s departure amid scandal mirrors that of the state’s last three Democratic governors.
Cuomo, who is facing possible impeachment over sexual harassment claims from 11 women and mounting pressure to quit from fellow Democrats, announced his resignation on Tuesday.
He had been under mounting pressure to resign in recent days with Biden, two Democratic senators from New York and multiple state lawmakers calling on him to step down.
Hannity said: ‘Despite calling on him to resign just last week, today, Joe Biden complained that this was all so sad: because Cuomo had done a helluva job’
‘I think that given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to government,’ Cuomo said in a live televised address on Tuesday.
‘My resignation will be effective in 14 days.’
Cuomo, who will hand over the reins to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, a fellow Democrat, denied the accusations of sexual harassment outlined in a report released last week by the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James.
‘The report said I sexually harassed 11 women,’ Cuomo said. ‘That was the headline people heard and saw. The reaction was outrage. It should have been. However, it was also false.’
But he said he wanted to ‘deeply, deeply’ apologize to any women who may have been offended by his actions.
‘I have been too familiar with people,’ said Cuomo, who was once touted as a potential Democratic presidential candidate. ‘I do hug and kiss people casually, women and men. I have done it all my life.’
‘In my mind I’ve never crossed the line with anyone,’ he said. ‘But I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn.
‘There are generational and cultural shifts that I just didn’t fully appreciate. And I should have. No excuses.’
Hannity pointed out that Cuomo (pictured) has been ‘almost completely abandoned’ by his political allies and friends
‘I thought a hug and putting my arm around a staff person while taking a picture was friendly, but she found it to be too forward,’ Cuomo said.
‘I kissed a woman on the cheek at a wedding and thought I was being nice, but she felt that it was too aggressive.’
Cuomo was elected governor in 2010 and easily won reelection in the heavily Democratic state in 2014 and 2018.
He described himself as a ‘New Yorker, born and bred’ and a ‘fighter’ and said his ‘instinct is to fight through this controversy because I truly believe it is politically motivated.’
But he said he had decided instead to step aside because an impeachment fight would ‘consume government,’ cost taxpayers millions of dollars and ‘brutalize people.’
‘Government really needs to function today,’ he said. ‘Government needs to perform. And wasting energy on distractions is the last thing that state government should be doing.’
Cuomo described Hochul, who will become the first ever female governor of New York, as ‘smart and competent’ and promised a ‘seamless’ transition.