“With everything that is coming to light, when will @CrownPublishing be canceling @andrewcuomo ’s contract?” Trump Jr. tweeted alongside a screenshot of a press release that stated: “Crown to Publish NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s AMERICAN CRISIS: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Trump made the point that it would only be fair for Cuomo to lose his deal since the same publisher, Simon & Schuster, canceled the book contract of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) following the events that unfolded on January 6.
“Cancel culture is awful, but all I’m saying is that the rules should be applied equally,” Trump Jr. told The Daily Wire in a statement. “Simon & Schuster canceled their contract with Josh Hawley, but Crown is going to stick by a credibly accused serial sexual harasser just because he’s a Democrat? What kind of message does that send? What are the rules? That’s all I’m asking.”
Cuomo’s life and career have begun to become increasingly complicated and even caustic as he attempts to defend himself over both the scandal involving lies to lawmakers over nursing home COVID-19 deaths as well as multiple women accusing him of sexual harassment at work.
The Cut highlighted the workplace allegations that Cuomo is facing:
Now, Cuomo is facing a firestorm stemming from serious allegations: that he exhibited harassing and sexually inappropriate behavior toward two of his former aides, including one instance of forcible kissing. Lindsey Boylan first came forward to say Cuomo “sexually harassed [her] for years” via Twitter in December but did not go into detail about what transpired. (A representative for Cuomo said there was “simply no truth to these claims” at the time.) The accusations snowballed this month after New York State assemblyman Ron Kim accused Cuomo of calling him at home, berating him, and telling him he would “destroy him” in response to statements Kim gave to the press. Multiple reports have quoted anonymous and on-the-record government officials stating Cuomo has long managed via intimidation and bullying tactics.
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report in January, according to The Daily Wire, which estimated the coronavirus deaths that had been counted from the nursing homes were undercounted by roughly 50 percent.
The New York Post reported that Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa apologized to Democrat lawmakers in the state of New York, saying that the administration “froze” with fear because they were concerned they would face a criminal investigation for how the state handled nursing home data.
More recently, Breitbart News did an in-depth review of Anna Ruch, Cuomo’s most recent accuser, who gave the details of her interaction with the Democrat governor.
Ruch reportedly met Cuomo at a New York City wedding reception in September 2019 when the governor was working through the room after toasting the newlyweds. Ruch thanked him for his kind words about her friends.
Cuomo then reportedly “put his hand on Ruch’s bare lower back,” which caused her to remove his hand with her own.
Ruch said the governor then remarked that she seemed ‘aggressive’ and proceeded to place his hands the sides of her face and ask if he could kiss her, “‘loudly enough for a friend standing nearby to hear.” Ruch then pulled away as the governor attempted to pull her close.
“I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed,” said Ruch, whose recounting of the events was corroborated by the friend, contemporaneous text messages and photographs (some taken on the accuser’s phone) from the event. “I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment.”
“He said, ‘Can I kiss you?’” Ruch said. “I felt so uncomfortable and embarrassed when really he is the one who should have been embarrassed.”
Ruch was so befuddled by the even she had to ask her friend if Cuomo’s lips had made contact with her face, and her friend had confirmed that despite Ruch pulling away and turning her face, Cuomo kissed the side of her cheek.
“It’s the act of impunity that strikes me,” Ruch said. “I didn’t have a choice in that matter. I didn’t have a choice in his physical dominance over me at that moment. And that’s what infuriates me. And even with what I could do, removing his hand from my lower back, even doing that was not clear enough.”