During the nightly handoff between CNN’s two high primetime anchors, Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo briefly mentioned the Jan. 6 riot, however failed to debate the bombshell report launched on Tuesday relating to Chris’ brother Governor Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment of a number of girls. Chris Cuomo was additionally cited within the report.
The anchors mentioned how two Capitol Police officers at the riot just lately took their very own lives, then exchanged routine handoff pleasantries. “You know what? I love you, brother,” Lemon informed Cuomo.
Immediately following the handoff, an image of Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared as Lemon started his present and mentioned:
“The calls are getting louder and louder. This is what I’m talking about, top Democrats from New York to the White House calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign,” Lemon informed viewers.
“That in the wake of a bombshell report from the state’s attorney general that alleges the governor sexually harassed 11 women, including state employees and a state trooper.”
Chris Cuomo didn’t tackle the scandal on his present and as a substitute informed viewers “we’re focused on COVID here.” He spent the present criticizing Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over his response to the Delta variant.
Social media erupted in mockery of the hypocrisy, bias and the awkward transition.
Chris Cuomo was cited within the AG’s report for participating in drafting a response for his brother to the sexual harassment allegations in opposition to him on Feb. 28.
The anchor additionally joined convention calls with high aides to his brother the Governor as expenses of harassment gained traction and calls mounted from each side of the political aisle for his resignation. The youthful Cuomo urged his brother to not step down and blamed every little thing on “cancel tradition.” The Governor would later use the cancel tradition speaking level in his protection.
Chris Cuomo beforehand apologized to his CNN colleagues for placing them in a “bad spot,” that he was in a “unique and difficult situation” because the brother of the governor whereas being an anchor, however insisted “I know where the line is.”
Cuomo informed his viewers when his brother’s scandals first emerged that he “obviously” couldn’t cowl the story, though he had beforehand invited the governor near a dozen instances for interviews and comedy sketches the place he praised the Andrew’s management through the pandemic.
The anchor was additionally given “VIP treatment” from the Cuomo administration and was among the many few who acquired COVID testing within the early days of the outbreak of the pandemic at the same time as common New York residents couldn’t discover testing.
The governor despatched a high state doctor to his brother’s home within the Hamptons for personal testing. The exams for members of the family had been prioritized once they had been despatched to a lab in Albany.