Gov. Cuomo tried to defend himself after report confirmed misconduct allegations — but it blew up in his face

Gov. Cuomo tried to defend himself after report confirmed misconduct allegations — but it blew up in his face
Andrew Cuomo in 2014, Diana Robinson/Wikimedia Commons
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On Tuesday morning, New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced that a four-month investigation found that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women — allegations that Cuomo is flatly denying. Cuomo, in response, released a slideshow showing examples of him touching or kissing multiple people, arguing that his actions were harmless. And that slideshow is drawing a great deal of mockery and criticism.

Some of the criticism came from Fox News' Emily Compagno, who accused Cuomo of "mansplaining" and said, "From top to bottom, the governor's response was one more example of the hubris that has carried him through not only this entire investigation but frankly, the years prior, which now, we understand brought with it a host — a workplace culture of 'toxic vindictiveness and abusiveness."

Twitter has been full of criticisms of Cuomo's slideshow. Many noted that it was a strange attempt to defend against allegations of inappropriate behavior to show yourself intimately touching other people.

Here are some responses from well-known media figures:

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