Andrew Cuomo tells church ‘God isn’t done with me yet’
Citing copious amounts of scripture and declaring “God is not done with me yet,” former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who resigned last August after being accused of sexually harassing multiple women , told a congregation in Brooklyn on Sunday that the allegations were part of a political hit job that exploited the “cancellation culture” to remove him from office.
In his first public comments since stepping down, Cuomo, whose father Mario Cuomo served as the state’s 52nd governor, spoke from the pulpit at God’s Battalion of Prayer Church. The church is led by Pastor Alfred S. Cockfield.
“My father, God rest his soul, used to say that government is an honorable profession but politics can be dirty business,” he told the audience. “Now that’s especially true today when that politics over there is so mean and so extreme. When even the Democratic Party chooses to cancel people with whom it disagrees.
The 64-year-old said his behavior has been consistent over his 40 years in public life. But he noted that he had failed to bring this behavior up to date with current cultural norms and apologized for the failure.
“Last February, several women raised questions about my behavior. As I said then, and as I say in this hallowed hall today, my behavior has been the same for 40 years in public life. You’ve seen me many, many times and that’s my behavior,” he said.
“But that was actually the problem, because for some people, especially the younger ones, there’s a new sensitivity. Nobody ever told me that I made them feel uncomfortable. I never felt that I was causing anyone discomfort. I was trying to do the exact opposite, but I was called old-fashioned, out of touch, and told that my behavior was not politically correct or appropriate. I acknowledge that.”
Cuomo said he “didn’t appreciate how quickly their perspective changed.”
“And I should have. No excuses. I’m really, really sorry,” he continued. “I apologized many times and learned a powerful lesson, and paid a high price to learn that lesson. God has none. done with me again,” he said to applause.
Cuomo also told the church how he leaned on God to deal with what he called “probably the most difficult time of my life.”
“I want to thank you for welcoming me here today as we celebrate the first Sunday of Lent. As you probably know, I’ve been through a tough time over the past few months. I resigned from my governorship. The press roasted me. My colleagues were ridiculed. My brother was fired. It was ugly,” he detailed. “It was probably the hardest time of my life. And it was the first time I was glad my dad wasn’t with us anymore, so he didn’t have to see it.
“I haven’t talked about it in public yet because I wanted to talk about it here with you because God’s guidance is helping me,” he said to applause.
The former governor, who served in office from 2011 to 2021, revealed how he went through a process of moving “from anger to acceptance, from resentment to reconciliation” in a bid to keep fighting.
“Let go, let God. I believe in life. God sends us challenges. Life will knock us down at some point. And then the question is, what do we do at that time? Are we angry? Do we pity ourselves? Or do we have to learn from this and get off the mat. But it’s hard. It’s very hard. It’s a struggle. It’s a bridge you have to cross, and it’s a long bridge,” he said.
“The bridge goes from anger to acceptance, from resentment to reconciliation. I am now working to cross this bridge. And I believe that God has a reason for our path. I pray over it, and the Good Book has offered me guidance. Psalm 46 tells us that God is our refuge and therefore we will not be afraid if the earth gives way.
Without calling state Attorney General Letitia James by name, Cuomo accused her and her office of politically motivated “attorney misconduct.”
“The actions against me were a fault of the prosecutor, that is clear. They did not act in the interest of justice. The district attorneys proved it. They acted in their own interest. They wanted that I’m leaving because they wanted my job,” Cuomo explained. “We know that was their motivation through their own actions, but they actually used the cancel culture mentality to enable and advance their plan. selfish politics.
Even though James’ office announced 11 violations of the law against Cuomo, he said none of those violations had been proven. Of the 11 women Cuomo allegedly harassed, nine were current or former state employees. A report released by James’ office last August claimed Cuomo’s actions violated state and federal laws.
“They wanted to do with politics what they could not do with law. They used cancel culture to effectively cancel an election. And that was their greatest arrogance. They didn’t elect me. You did it,” Cuomo told worshipers.
“If they wanted my job or if the Democratic extremists thought I was in their way or if they didn’t like me or if they didn’t like my politics, fine. Beat me in an election. But this is America. You decide. Who are they to overrule your choice? What happened to the right to vote and democratic elections, our dear priorities? ” He asked.
Responding to Cuomo’s speech on Sunday night, James denied that the former governor was “pushed” from his job.
“Serial sexual harasser Andrew Cuomo won’t even spare a place of worship from his lies,” James said. “Even though multiple independent investigations have found his victims credible, Cuomo continues to blame everyone but himself. Cuomo wasn’t a railroader; he resigned so as not to be impeached. New Yorkers are ready to move on with this sick and pathetic man.
Cuomo argued that the “cancel culture” was used to get him to quit and get his brother, Chris Cuomo, fired from his job at CNN. He argues that this “represents a new extremism” and has compared such actions to the attitudes of Tea Party conservatives.
“They allow the extreme minority to dominate the reasonable majority. And I’ll tell you this. When the emotion of the crowd trumps the integrity of the judicial system, the intelligence of healthy political debate, and the honest analysis of the press, we are lost. This cancel culture represents a new extremism,” Cuomo said.
“In many ways, the Tea Party founded what we call the cancel culture mentality because the Tea Party was hyper-aggressive, dogmatic, and insistent on its rabid ideology. And there was no patience, no compromise, no discussion,” he continued. “The Tea Party has alienated many thoughtful Republicans because extremism does by its very nature.”
He added that the cancel culture has become such a force in society that even some members of the press have been afraid to ask questions that defy political correctness.
“Do you know how many journalists told me that they knew the report against me was a fraud? But they were afraid to challenge Me Too’s claims,” Cuomo said.
He proclaimed that the real reason his brother was fired from CNN was because of fear of cancel culture, not because he violated any journalistic rule.
Chris Cuomo has been suspended and then fired from CNN after it was revealed he was more involved than the network let on in strategizing with his brother’s political team amid controversy over sexual harassment. Additionally, Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual misconduct, a claim he has denied.
“What really happened was giants like CNN and Time Warner and AT&T and big billionaires like John Malone and John Stankey, they were in the middle of a merger and they were scared of the culture mob. ‘cancellation,’ Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. “So they fired Chris, and that’s the truth. And there will be a day when they have to raise their hands and tell the truth and then you will know.
Although months have passed since his resignation, Cuomo said he still isn’t “at peace” and doesn’t think he will be at peace until his death.
“A woman asked me today if I was at peace. This is an interesting question. Let me say this. I haven’t crossed the bridge yet, but I know I’m blessed and God has been much better for me than I deserved,” he said.
“But on the question, if I am at peace? No, I am not at peace. But by the way, I don’t want to be at peace either. And by the way, I don’t think you should be at peace either,” he added. “We have too much work to do to be at peace. We can be at peace when they put us in the box and close the top. We can rest in peace. But now we have to stand up, brothers and sisters. Right now we have to fight the good fight because the fight continues.