“Real Time” host Bill Maher had a heated conversation with radio host Charlamagne Tha God about allegations of sexual misconduct against Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Biden.
During a panel discussion Friday night on whether Cuomo should resign, Maher began by stating that “[does] There is no need for an investigation “into the sexual harassment allegations that have come up against Cuomo, insisting” it’s always on a case-by-case basis “and that” I completely believe these women. “
Charlamagne, however, told Maher that it is “a little difficult” to ask Cuomo to resign when “you voted for Joe Biden.”
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He explained: “If you weren’t more upset with Joe Biden, he had more serious accusations …”
“No, he did not do it!” Maher exclaimed.
“Yes, he was charged with actual rape,” Charlamagne said.
“No, I wasn’t,” Maher replied.
“What are you talking about?!” Charlamagne gasped.
“Are you talking about the incident in the hallway?” Maher asked.
“Tara Reade!” Charlamagne replied.
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“Well I don’t believe that,” Maher quickly dismissed Biden’s accuser. “That’s what I’m saying. Some I believe, others I don’t. It’s my right. I don’t believe him. These women I completely believe them. I don’t think Joe Biden is the type to — Are you in the hallway. I don’t. I just don’t. “
The “Breakfast Club” co-host emphasized that while he also did not say that he believed Reade’s claims, he pointed out that her allegations were “more serious” than Cuomo’s, and yet “I didn’t hear people ask him to resign or retire. ” of the career “.
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni noted that Biden had repeatedly denied Reade’s allegations, comparing the denials to Cuomo’s non-denial about at least one of his accusers.
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The conversation then turned to accusations other women made of Biden’s inappropriate contact, which Maher emphasized was a “different topic.”
“That’s when he sniffed her hair,” Maher told Charlamagne. “The first accusation was just … it wasn’t even a MeToo, even though the press interpreted it that way. It was just trying to make something old.”
“Hey, bullying is bullying,” Charlamagne said.
“No, it isn’t,” Maher replied.
“I don’t think we can tell women the difference between smelling hair and saying something inappropriate because I think smelling hair is as inappropriate as saying something,” Charlamagne said.
Maher then went to bat for Biden, explaining that the Democrat was “just trying to show [Lucy Flores] cheer up.”
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“She was about to give a speech, he came up behind her just to say, ‘You’re going to do fine out there, honey,'” Maher told the panel before acting like a nose for Biden. “Let’s not pretend that we live in this world where all these things are the same.”
“I agree with that,” Charlamagne conceded.
The “Real Time” host criticized Cuomo for denying that he was trying to make headway on his accusers.
“Yes, you were,” Maher said. “Just be honest about it. ‘I’m lonely, I’m horny.’
Tara Reade criticized Maher as an apparent “expert” on sexual misconduct, telling Fox News: “I defy him to talk to me or have me on his show as he looks down on me.”
Reade, who previously served as a staff member of the then Sen. Biden, came forward last year claiming that her former boss sexually assaulted her. Both Biden and his presidential campaign repeatedly denied his allegations.
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Meanwhile, three women filed their own claims against the governor of New York.
Lindsey Boylan, Cuomo’s former under secretary for economic development and special counsel, accused the Democrat last week of making sexually charged comments, unwanted touching and force-kissing her on the lips during a face-to-face briefing. Cuomo’s office has denied his claims.
Charlotte Bennett, executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration, alleged to the New York Times on Saturday that the governor asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life in his office.
The third woman, Anna Ruch, told the Times on Monday that Cuomo touched her bare back and asked if she could kiss her during a 2019 wedding reception.
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Cuomo initially claimed that his past interactions with women were attempts to be “playful” but acknowledged that he “may have been insensitive.” Since then, he has expressed more regret at a press conference.
The governor is also facing intense scrutiny for his handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic and is being accused of covering up the number of COVID nursing home deaths following his controversial policy that ordered assisted living facilities to accept. COVID positive patients.