The disgraced former governor of New York told a black church on Sunday that he and his brother were both victims of "cancel culture."
Andrew Cuomo made the comments during a speech at the God’s Battalion of Prayer Church, a black church in Brooklyn, according to the New York Times.
Cuomo is said to have used the phrase, "cancel culture" about a dozen times during his speech denying the numerous accusations of sexual harassment that led to his ouster from the governor's office in August.
"So let me tell you my truth! And let me get it off my chest, so we can talk about important issues that we face today," he told the congregation.
Cuomo said that social norms about touching women had changed and said that no one had ever told him at the time that he touched them that they were uncomfortable about their interactions.
“I resigned as governor, the press roasted me, my colleagues were ridiculed, my brother was fired,” he said. “It was probably the toughest time of my life.”
He said that it was "cancel culture" that led to the firing of his brother, Chris Cuomo, from CNN over his own sexual harassment allegations and claims that he misused his position to help his brother.
“The political sharks in Albany smelled blood,” he said, “and when the sharks smell blood, then they come. And they exploited the situation for their political purpose."
Cuomo also hinted that he might be returning to politics again.
“God isn’t finished with me yet," he said to some applause. "And every day I ask Him for His guidance to help me grow and to help me learn."
He went on to point out that none of the separate investigations into the allegations against him resulted in any criminal charges.
“I have many options in life and I’m open to all of them," he added.
Cuomo made the speech in front of a relatively sparse crowd of about 100 people.
Here's video of Cuomo's speech:
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