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Cuomo Makes Cringeworthy #MeToo ‘Joke’ Then Says He Was ‘Assaulted’ By Press: Gothamist

Wednesday was a historic day for women in NY politics: Andrea Stewart-Cousins was installed as NY State’s first female majority leader in the state Senate, sworn in by the female state chief judge, Janet DiFiore. And for some reason Governor Andrew Cuomo thought this was the perfect occasion to test out some of his more racy “comedy” material on the press.

“Space, we need space,” Cuomo said to reporters during an impromptu gaggle right after the swearing in. “I’ll bring you up on charges under the ‘Me Too’ movement.”

Reactions in the room and online afterwards ranged from dumbstruck to horrified at the callousness of the “joke:”

When asked about the comment Thursday morning during a radio interview, Cuomo blamed it on the press for crowding him in, and didn’t apologize: “I think it was an offhand comment,” he said. “I walked out into the highway and I was assaulted by the gaggle and pieces of equipment hitting me in all sorts of my anatomy.”

This isn’t Cuomo‘s first failed attempt at crude humor: during a debate last fall with Republican candidate Marc Molinaro, CBS moderator Marcia Cramer asked Cuomo to sing a few lines of “Empire State Of Mind.” He demurred, saying he only sings in the shower, then added, “Unless you come to the shower.” He’s also made similarly unsuccessful jokes about Jewish dancing and his brother’s “development issues.”

Damn, who wouldn’t think this guy would make a great presidential candidate!




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