Lindsey Boylan, the first woman who publicly accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) of sexual misconduct, expressed her frustration after the nation’s top leaders have been silent on the issue.
Boylan said she is being harassed because top Democrats, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, “are supporting it with their silence.”
“You are seeing blue trolls harass me and other survivors because @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris @SpeakerPelosi @SenSchumer @SenGillibrand @RepJeffries @NydiaVelazquez @EspaillatNY @RepMaloney and countless others senior in the @TheDemocrats are supporting it with their silence,” Boylan wrote on Twitter early last week. “Nothing is sadder than adults who cannot adult. Oh and their blue troll farms, they’re literally paying for this crap!”
Nothing is sadder than adults who cannot adult.
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) March 7, 2021
Seven women have come forward to publicly accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment. The scandal-ridden governor has faced growing calls from New York and national Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, for him to step down.
However, Biden and Harris have refuse to call for Cuomo’s resignation. When pressed by reporter on Sunday, Biden said plainly, “I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us.”
Last week, Harris walked away as a reporter asked her to weigh in on Cuomo’s mounting sexual misconduct scandal.
“If you are a national leader asked to weigh in on @NYGovCuomo and you do not call for his resignation at this point, you do not care about women’s equality,” Boyland wrote Sunday in response to Biden, Harris’s reaction. “I said exactly what I meant to say here.”
I said exactly what I meant to say here.
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) March 14, 2021
At least 26 federal lawmakers and 135 New York state lawmakers have called on Cuomo to resign. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a stern statement that called into question whether Cuomo can continue to do his job but stopped short of directly saying Cuomo should resign.
On ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Pelosi reiterated that there is “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment in the House but did not explicitly say Cuomo should step down.
“I think we should see the results of the investigation … but he may decide,” Pelosi said. “And hopefully this result will be soon. What I’m saying is the governor should look inside his heart—he loves New York—to see if he can govern effectively. And that could be one of the considerations that he has.”
Cuomo has so far refused to resign and said those who are calling for him to do so are being “reckless and dangerous.”
“There are often many motivations for making an allegation and that is why you need to know the facts before you make a decision,” he said.