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De Blasio ‘sickened’ by Cuomo sexual harassment claims

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) went after Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) over the sexual harassment allegations made against him and for the nursing home scandal turning both sides of the aisle against him.

During a Monday interview with New York City radio station Hot 97, the mayor was asked about the recent allegations made by two women against the embattled Cuomo, someone widely considered to be an in-state rival of his.

“It sickened me, it sickened me,” de Blasio said. “The thought of a powerful man trying to take advantage of his power, intimidate a young woman and just the sense that he was treating her like — again these are allegations and we need a full investigation — but if that was what truly happened it was like he was treating her like she was his property.”

“Just disgusting, creepy.”

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De Blasio also slammed the governor’s statement issued on Sunday about the sexual harassment accusations, in which Cuomo claimed he “sometimes” thought he was “being playful” at work and “made jokes” he believed to be “funny.”

“Sexual harassment is not funny,” the mayor said. “Who the hell tries to explain that by saying I was just joking around?”

“The two women who have come forward did a great service to everyone. It’s not easy. I feel for them. It’s very tough to be in that spotlight,” de Blasio also said. “By coming forward, they’re saying you can’t accept this. They’re also protecting the next woman or next person that it could happen to.”

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“I’ve seen him be abusive in a way that would not be accepted by anyone in leadership,” the mayor went on to say during the interview, adding that he had heard the governor use similar language that he allegedly used with Assemblyman Ron Kim during a phone call.

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Regarding the scandal involving Cuomo’s administration allegedly covering up the number of coronavirus-related nursing home deaths from federal prosecutors, de Blasio said, “Looking at the way the state handled this, it’s hard to feel assured that our seniors are safe going forward. If campaign contributions were part of why the state as lax […] toward nursing homes, that truth has to come out, too.”

The mayor also said that there needs to be an investigation into whether Cuomo was receiving campaign contributions from the nursing home industry.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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