The growing sexual misconduct scandal encircling New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has drawn public expressions of alarm not just from Republicans, but also from prominent members of his own party, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), and Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY).
However, Vice President Kamala Harris has remained conspicuously silent with regard to the allegations against Cuomo, a fact made all the more hypocritical by the aggressive, “believe all women” position she adopted during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings back in 2018, as Fox News reports.
Now that it has emerged that a sixth woman has claimed that Cuomo engaged in inappropriate – perhaps even criminal – conduct, it seems all the more surprising that Harris’ refusal to comment continues. Indeed, when asked by reporters on Wednesday for her thoughts on the matter, the vice president simply exited the room without uttering a word. Watch:
— Tim Perry (@tperry518) March 10, 2021
Political observers will recall that then-Sen. Harris was among the most vocal opponents of then-nominee Kavanaugh during a contentious confirmation battle in which he faced vague, decades-old claims of sexual assault from, among others, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
At the time, Harris praised Ford for coming forth with her assault claim, stating, “she is putting herself out there knowing that they’re going to try to excoriate her, and she’s doing it I believe because she knows that this is an important matter,” as Fox News further noted.
Harris also brazenly used the Kavanaugh controversy to elevate her own profile on the national stage, raising campaign funds on the back of her proclaimed outrage, dramatically walking out of the hearing room ahead of a procedural vote, and ultimately referring to the eventual confirmation of Kavanaugh as “a denial of justice for the women of this country.”
During her failed presidential campaign, Harris notably expressed solidarity with women who came forward to accuse then-rival Joe Biden of inappropriate and unwanted touching, stating in 2019, “I believe them and I respect them for being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” The Hill reported at the time.
Ever the political opportunist, it appears that Harris is once again being guided more by strategic motivations than by principles when assessing the validity and relevance of sex assault claims.