HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher took a jab at former President Donald Trump during a segment on his Friday evening program in which he called on embattled New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to step down after investigators found he engaged in nearly a dozen instances of criminal sexual harassment.
“Day 4 of the Andrew Cuomo death watch,” Maher said in his opening monologue to kick-off the show.
“The report came back. Yes, sleaze,” Maher said to audience laughter. “Democrats are dropping him like he’s made of gluten.”
Maher’s quips come following a press conference earlier this week by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who announced that an independent investigation by a pair of outside attorneys found 11 instances of criminal sexual harassment.
“Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed several women,” James said, adding that his actions violated state and federal laws.
“This investigation has revealed conduct that corrodes the very fabric and character of our state government and shines light on injustice that can be present at the highest level of government,” she continued.
“We have issued a report and all throughout the process we put our heads down, we’ve done our job. And at this point…we’re going to allow the chips to fall where they may,” the New York attorney general said, noting that her office won’t be filing charges but that other prosecutors could around the state and the alleged victims could pursue legal remedies as well.
The investigation found that a “hostile work environment” existed within Cuomo’s administration and that it was “rife with fear and intimidation.”
On at least one occasion, Cuomo and his senior staffers engaged in retaliation against a female employee who lodged allegations against him.
The investigation also found that Cuomo harassed women who did not work for him, and that he was sexually inappropriate with a female New York State Trooper.
One aide testified that he groped her breast, while another, Lindsey Boyland, told investigators that Cuomo kissed her on her lips after a meeting in his office and that he “would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs.”
Other aides told investigators that Cuomo would often ask them inappropriate personal questions about sex and dating, with one former assistant named Charlotte Bennett claiming that the Democratic governor asked her one time if she would think about having sex with a man much older than her.
As Maher noted in his monologue, several top Democrats including President Joe Biden have called on Cuomo to step down, but so far the governor has remained defiant and has maintained his innocence.
Later in the show, the HBO host asked his guests, Malcolm Nance and Ben Shapiro, why they believed Cuomo is simply refusing to leave office on his own instead of waiting to see how likely impeachment proceedings will shake out.
Shapiro said he believes that Cuomo is taking “the Ralph Northam gamble,” a reference to the Democratic governor of Virginia who became embroiled in a scandal last year after pictures of him in blackface during a party from decades ago resurfaced.
But Maher countered that he thinks that Cuomo’s situation goes beyond that of Northam, asking “what’s worse, blackface at a party in 1980 — not cool — or actually sexually harassing women in 2021 and who work under you?”
Nance offered that Cuomo was instead “going full Trump,” noting further, “You know when Joe Biden tells you to go, it’s time to go.”
Maher agreed that Cuomo should go because he’s “not Donald Trump.”
“Because Donald Trump is a city cockroach and nothing can kill him. This guy is not, he should go,” Maher remarked.
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