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March 1, 2021
For Immediate Release
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“New York’s Gov. Cuomo is yet another prominent Democrat and self-proclaimed ‘champion of women’s rights’ who’s come under fire for sexual harassment of subordinates,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.
Last week, Cuomo was accused of sexually harassing two ex-aides. One said he forcibly kissed her on the lips and invited to her play strip poker with him. The other claims he asked if she was “monogamous” and whether she’d ever had sex with older men. Cuomo is 63; the woman is 25.
Cuomo denied both allegations, though he does admit to being “playful” at times and says he can see where his playfulness might be misinterpreted. Morse responded, “I fail to see the humor here. There’s nothing playful about forcibly kissing someone on the lips. What it is, is sexual assault.”
Morse remarked that Cuomo’s situation appears to be part of a pattern. “Among the prominent Democrats who’ve been credibly accused of sexual harassment are Al Franken, who was forced to resign from the Senate; Bill Clinton, who admitted to perjury to cover up his affair with an intern decades his junior; the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Appeals Court; and President Biden himself. During last year’s campaign, a woman said Biden had sexually assaulted her when she was an intern in his Senate office.”
Morse observed, “Each of these men is pro-abortion. Each has a reputation as a champion of women’s rights. In 2019, Gov. Cuomo signed what was called the most sweeping protections against workplace harassment then enacted.
“But when these so-called champions of women’s rights get women alone, it’s often a different story,” Morse said. “Meanwhile, Sexual Revolutionaries in the media ridicule former Vice President Pence for his policy of never being alone with a woman. ‘Prudish,’ they say. ‘Out of touch,’ they say. But there are no credible accusations of sexual harassment against the former Vice President,” Morse noted.
Morse also addressed the disparity in feminist treatment of Democrats and Republicans. “During the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, then-Senator Kamala Harris asked why his accuser would come forward to challenge a ‘powerful man’ if her allegations weren’t true? Doesn’t that logic apply here too?”Morse asked. “Instead, the silence from feminists is deafening.”
The Ruth Institute joins a bi-partisan group of New York state legislators in calling for an independent investigation of the charges against Governor Cuomo.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.
The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.
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