Mainstream media questioned senior Democratic leaders for failing to support women’s rights because the accused perpetrator is a fellow party member.
Senior female Democrats strangely had very little to say when allegations surfaced that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) had sexually harassed one of his staffers back in 2017.
Former aide Lindsey Boylan had accused Cuomo of using a home-bound flight from Western New York state to invite her to gamble. He made it clear that each time Boylan lost, she would have to remove an item of clothing.
“Let’s play strip poker,” she recalled the governor saying according to a Medium blog post.
Boylan was also uncomfortable about her boss sitting so close to her.
“He was seated facing me, so close our knees almost touched,” she said on the blog. “His press aide was to my right and a state trooper behind us.”
She described the unwelcome advances as a clear case of a workplace failing to respect personal space.
“Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected,” she said. “His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right.”
She also accused Cuomo and her work colleagues of forcing her to tolerate sexual harassment.
“He used intimidation to silence his critics and, if you dared to speak up, you would face consequences,” she said.
However, Hillary Clinton had nothing to say about the incident despite using her Democratic presidential candidacy to challenge the so-called glass ceiling theory, which allegedly prevents women from advancing in their careers.
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a longtime Cuomo ally, did not respond to Fox News’s request for comment,” Fox News United States and world reporter Michael Ruiz said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was strangely quiet, even though she was very vocal about former President Donald Trump calling her “crazy Nancy.”
Vice President Kamala Harris was similarly at a loss for words, even though she used her 2020 presidential campaign to attack fellow Democrat Joe Biden for inappropriately touching female staff.
“The White House did not respond to requests for comment from [the] vice president,” Ruiz said.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) also could not bring herself to comment about the allegations despite having criticized Cuomo recently for his alleged mismanagement of New York nursing homes during the pandemic.
New York State Assemblyman Ron T. Kim was one of the only Democrats who expressed concern about Boylan’s bombshell claims.
“Cuomo is a coward who has abused his powers,” he said on Twitter. “His pattern of abuse and harassment toward his aides, journalists, lawmakers, and critiques is despicable. As a lawmaker, I have the duty to hold him accountable; I will not stand down; I will stand with Lindsey Boylan.”
Kim revealed he had heard complaints about the governor’s abusive behavior in the New York Legislature.
“I will stand with my colleagues who have endured his verbal abuse,” he said. “I will stand with the 15,000 families who lost loved ones in nursing homes—Andrew Cuomo is a coward.”