Andrew Cuomo snarled at reporters who complained about his avalanche of sexual assault charges during his first press conference in months.
The aim of the press conference was to get New Yorkers excited about the annual New York State Fair.
Governor Cuomo was asked about the New York Times article from a few weeks ago, in which 80 people who worked or worked closely with Cuomo said that he used “anti-trans slurs” and said that “Jews lived in effing treehouses.”
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The governor of New York dismissed the charges, telling the New York Times that he would never say such a thing.
Cuomo stated, “They printed slurs and slander and you’d have to ask them why they did that.”
Cuomo was then asked why people would think he said such things by the reporter.
“People say a lot of things!! People say a lot of things in politics! That’s-. Why do people say things? Who knows? People are venial. People want attention. People are angry. People are jealous. Who knows why people spread rumors.” Cuomo snarled at the reporter.
The reporter asked Cuomo, “On the issue of sexual harassment. A number of women have obviously accused you of acts including groping, including overt sexual harassment of employees. You have pled for people to take an investigation into account, but you weren’t in those rooms. You know the truth. So can you tell the people of the state of New York, yes or no, did you do the things you were accused of?”
Cuomo then answered, “No, no. That’s what I said when people suggested. Yeah, but a very simply no.”
“The sexual harassment, you’re denying all of it?” The reporter continued.
“That’s right. That’s right. Yes,” Cuomo answered.
Cuomo was held back by the interviewer asking, “If this changes, this report comes back and finds the contrary, considering that you’ve said zero tolerance for sexual harassment in this state, will you discipline yourself or consider resigning?”
“The report can’t say anything different because I didn’t do anything wrong,” Cuomo stated.