MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt warned Democrats this morning that they need to be even-handed when it comes to investigating the sexual assault charges made against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and not try to protect him just because he is a Democrat.
Hunt discussed the matter with Axios reporter and MSNBC contributor Hans Nichols, who has been following the story.
“Democrats are going to be facing an enormous amount of pressure to hold Cuomo to the same standard as they held Brett Kavanaugh to,” he said, reminding viewers that then-senator and now Vice President Kamala Harris called for impeachment hearings on Kavanaugh. “This is going to be a crucial discussion in the Democratic Party and across the entire Congress and across the country for the next few days or however long we can foresee.”
Nichols noted that while many senators have made statements on the allegations–like N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand who said that she was “focused on her job,” that there will probably be more House members being asked for comment as they return to Congress this week.
“It’s just a different environment when senators have to be asked and be held to account why they were this way on Kavanaugh, why they might be another way on Andrew Cuomo. What the differences are,” he said.
Hunt said that while both Republicans and Democrats — in New York — are calling for an independent investigation into Cuomo’s sexual assault allegations, he is known to be a “political bully,” which could come back to haunt him considering the circumstances.
“Maybe while you had power people were willing to do what you wanted, but I’m not sure that is going to be the case here even while we are putting tough questions to Democrats about what to do,” Hunt added.
Nichols said he didn’t know where this will end but that Cuomo is “in the cycle,” and has faced opposition from the left in his previous campaigns and that this will be a test of how good a politician he is.
“This is going to be a conversation that we’re going to be having over the course of the next week,” said Hunt. “And the reality is that when it was Republicans who were accused of these things, the mantra was ‘believe women.’ That consistency is incredibly important.”
Cuomo was already reeling after it was revealed that his administration covered up the actual number of nursing home deaths from COVID-19, and now he’s facing a MeToo moment that could spell the end of his political career and the Cuomo political dynasty.