Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign

A billboard urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign(Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
A billboard urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign(Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images) /

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing mounting pressure to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct. Among those calling for his resignation are several prominent Democrats, prompting “A Closer Look” from Seth Meyers.

Seven women have accused Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment. Cuomo denied any misconduct but apologized for his comments that were interpreted as sexual. Multiple investigations have been opened up following the allegations.

This comes on the heels of another scandal involving COVID-19 deaths at New York nursing homes. It was revealed that Cuomo underreported the number of nursing home deaths during the pandemic for political reasons.

Several Democrats and Republicans have called for Andrew Cuomo to resign including many from New York. Seth Meyers used “A Closer Look” to cover the story and explain Cuomo’s rapid fall from grace last night on Late Night.

A Closer Look from Seth Meyer profiles Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fall

There was a time not too long ago when Governor Andrew Cuomo was praised for his handling of the pandemic and his willingness to stand up to former President Donald Trump. Seth Meyers opens up “A Closer Look” by looking back at those moments before highlighting the stark contrast of where Cuomo’s reputation stands now.

Senators Kirstin Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer along with Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jerry Nadler are among the New York lawmakers who have called for Cuomo to resign. Meyers jokes that there are no public officials left in the state who don’t support Cuomo stepping down.

Meyers takes time to push back against Cuomo’s defense that “cancel culture” and his status as a political outsider are behind the resignation calls. The Late Night host argues that “cancel culture” is now a meaningless term after it was used by people outraged about the Muppets, Mr. Potato Head, and Dr. Seuss.

In a moment of candor, Meyers admits that he was thankful for Gov. Cuomo during the pandemic. The late night host describes how Cuomo’s press briefings offered leadership when it was desperately needed. But the adulation for the governor got out of hand as the media speculated about presidential bids and cabinet positions while dubbing Cuomo the “love gov.”

“A Closer Look” goes on to examine how the Andrew Cuomo seen on television during the pandemic is much different than the Andrew Cuomo running New York. Meyers recaps the nursing home scandal before flashing headline after headline showcasing Cuomo’s reputation for micromanaging and bullying.

For those only familiar with Cuomo from his television appearances, this installment of “A Closer Look” offers important information about the “real” Andrew Cuomo. Seth Meyers deserves credit not only for admitting he fell for Cuomo’s TV act last year but for not turning to “whataboutism” and referencing Republican response to similar scandals.

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