Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) publicly opposed New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, calling for a “thorough, independent investigation” into the sexual harassment allegations made against him.
Whitmer turns on Cuomo
While on CNN, Whitmer was asked by presenter Jake Tapper whether the allegations made by various former Cuomo aides were “sexual harassment”.
“I think the allegations here are very serious and must be taken seriously, and I think that an impartial, thorough, independent investigation is deserved and appropriate,” replied Whitmer.
Tapper kept squeezing and asked the Michigan governor if she thought Cuomo was “sexually molested (former aide) Charlotte Bennett.”
“These are grave allegations and if they are true and true, and um, I think we need to take action,” she replied, noticeably failing to elaborate on what “action” she wanted to take.
Tapper went on to ask Whitmer about her “emotional reaction” to the allegation. At that point, she said she had a “nerve-wracking” answer that she believed was “a lot of women in America”.
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Whitmer’s comments on allegations against Biden
However, when the former aide to Joe Biden, Tara Reade, accused the current president of sexual misconduct last year, Whitmer reacted very differently.
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“As a survivor and as a feminist, I will say that. We have to give people the opportunity to tell their story, ”Whitmer told Tapper at the time. “Then we have a duty to check it out. And just because you’re a survivor doesn’t mean every claim is the same. “
“It means that we give them the opportunity to represent their case and also the other side. And then make a judgment that is informed, ”she added. “I read a lot about this current allegation. I know Joe Biden and have watched his defense. There is no pattern that responds to it. And I think for those reasons I feel very comfortable that Joe Biden is who he says he is. “
Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by several former aides in the past few weeks. Despite cross-party calls for his resignation, Cuomo has stubbornly refused to do so at the time of this writing.
Read More: Cuomo Charged with Sexual Misconduct by Two More Women – “Just One Rock”
This piece was written by James Samson on March 8th, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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